Wednesday 1 April 2015

Buhari extends hand of fellowship to Jonathan


At exactly 5:15pm this evening President Jonathan
called to congratulate me on my victory. For this I
want all Nigerians to join me in congratulating and
appreciating Mr President for his statesmanship

President Jonathan engaged in a spirited campaign
and was a worthy opponent. I extend my hand of
fellowship to him. I look forward to meeting him
soon as we plan the transition from one
administration to another. He will receive nothing
but understanding, cooperation and respect from
me and my team.

The good people of Nigeria, answered the call of
history. When the account of this fine moment is
written, it will be said that it was the people
themselves who led this nation to democracy.

You stood in line patiently for hours in the sun, rain
and then in the dark to cast your ballots. Even when
the vote was extended to Sunday in some places,

you still performed your civic duty. You did so
peacefully. You voted with your heart. Your vote
affirms that you believe Nigeria’s future can be
better than what it is today.

You voted for change and now change has come.
INEC has released the official results of the
Presidential election.

INEC has declared that I
gained the most votes with the required spread and
thus won this election. In a more profound way, it is
you, Nigerians that have won. The people have
shown their love for our nation and their belief in

The declaration of INEC accurately reflects the will
of the people. Whilethere might have been some
logistical obstacles and irregularities associated
with the exercise, the result shall stand as what the
people want.

I thank all Nigerians who have made this day
possible. Our country has now joined the
community of nations that have used the ballot box
to peacefully change an incumbent President in a
free and fair election. To me this is indeed historic.

Most people will welcome the result because it is
the one they voted for. Others will naturally be
disappointed. I ask that we all be circumspect,
respectful and peaceful in these times.

This was a hard- fought contest. Emotions are high.
We must not allow them to get the better of us. This
is not the time for confrontation. This is a moment
that we must begin to heal the wounds and work
toward a better future. We do this first by extending
a hand of friendship and conciliation across the
political divide. We hope and pray our friends in
other parties reciprocate.

I thank all the members of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, for their commitment and their hard
work through the formation of the party, the
campaigns and the Presidential elections. Let me
equally extend my appreciation to the MEDIA, Civil
Society and the Security agencies for their selfless

The International press and our friends abroad
deserve special commendation for their support
throughout the process. We promise a robust and
dynamic engagement with your countries in matters
of mutual interest to nations.
In the interim, I call on all Nigerians to be law
abiding and peaceful. The eyes of the world were
focused on us to see if we could vote in a peaceful
way and carry out a representative election in an
orderly manner.

You have proven to the world that
we are a people who have embraced democracy
and a people who seek a of government by, for and
of the people.

We have put one party state behind us. You have
voted for a party and president that will serve and
govern but never rule over you. Change has come.
A new day and a new Nigeria are upon us. The
victory is yours and the glory is that of our nation –
I will make a more formal address to the nation
tomorrow after receiving the certificate of return
from INEC.

May God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR,
President Elect,
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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