Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
Kofi Annan, Thabo Mbeki and US President Barack Obama have identified with Nigerians on the spectacular sequences of events on our presidential election results.
Former United Nation ~UN’s Secretary General Kofi Annan – Full transcript:
The Nigerian people have spoken, and they have elected General Muhammadu Buhari. I offer him my warmest congratulations on his electoral success.
At the same time, I wish to express great appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan for his service to the Nation and for accepting the electoral outcome in a democratic spirit.
My congratulations go as well to Professor Attahiru Jega and the Independent National Electoral Commission ~INEC for their extraordinary efforts to ensure that the elections were held in a transparent manner as well for ensuring that most Nigerians had the opportunity to cast their vote.
My thanks extend as well as to the many thousands of poll workers, electoral observers, party agents and civil society organisations who helped to ensure that these elections succeeded despite many difficulties.
I also commend the security services for ensuring security and calm during the electoral process.
The Nigerian people have exercised their democratic rights.
Despite the threat from Boko Haram, voters came out to cast their votes.
At some polling stations, even though they were attacked, voters came back to vote.
That shows the determination of the people of Nigeria to have a say in how they are governed, and by whom.
I hope, therefore, that the will of the people will not be marred by violence in the days ahead.
I call on all Nigerians to respect the results and seek redress, if need be, through appropriate and peaceful means.
The President-Elect will assume office at a difficult juncture in Nigeria’s fortunes.
He will need the support of every Nigerian and the international community to steer the country through these turbulent times.
To do so, he must govern as the President of all Nigerians, and avoid any “winner-takes-all” tendency, while also respecting the role of the opposition.
I wish President-Elect Buhari and the Nigerian people every success as they embark on their journey of national renewal.
Former South-African President Thabo Mbeki:
Given Nigeria’s size, standing and importance in and to the Continent, the 2015 presidential elections have provided all of Africa an important practical meaning to key elements of the African Union ~AU’s African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
As work in progress, it will be important for Nigeria and the Continent as a whole to continue on the important step that the elections represent.
Today, the people of Nigeria and Africa are the proud winners.
Personally, I have no doubt that Nigeria will continue with efforts to improve the lives of ordinary people and to contribute her intellectual and material resources to the renewal of Africa and to contribute to a better world.
I join the rest of our Continent in wishing my fellow Africans, the sister people of Nigeria success in the execution of the tasks ahead.
President Of The United States Of America Barack Obama – Full transcript:
The last few days have shown the world the strength of Nigeria’s commitment to democratic principles.
By turning out in large numbers and sometimes waiting all day to cast their votes, Nigerians came together to decide the future of their country peacefully.
I commend President Goodluck Jonathan and President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari for their public commitments to non-violence throughout the campaign.
President Jonathan has placed his country’s interests first by conceding the election and congratulating President-Elect Buhari on his victory.
I look forward to working with President Jonathan throughout the remainder of his term, and I thank him for his many years of service and his statesmanlike conduct at this critical juncture.
I urge President-Elect Buhari and President Jonathan to repeat their calls to their supporters to continue to respect the election outcomes, focus on unifying the country, and together lead Nigeria through a peaceful transition.
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Attahiru Jega, deserve special recognition for what independent international observers have deemed a largely peaceful and orderly vote.
I commend INEC for their extensive efforts to increase the credibility and transparency of the electoral process.
Looking ahead to the gubernatorial elections on April 11, it is imperative that national attention turn to ensuring isolated logistical challenges are overcome and peace is protected, even in the most hotly contested races.
On behalf of the American people, I extend congratulations to the people of Nigeria and to President-Elect Buhari and look forward to continuing to work with the newly-elected government on our many shared priorities.