All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner of the Presidential elections on Tuesday, March 31.
All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari has been named Nigeria’s President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Buhari was declared winner of the Presidential elections on Tuesday, March 31.
The President-elect has since delivered two acceptance speeches, one after his victory and the other after receiving his Certificate of Return.
Here are 10 important things he said:
President Jonathan 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 cooperation and understanding from me.
This was a hard-fought contest. Emotions were 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.
Today, history has been made, and change has finally come. Your votes have changed our national destiny for the good of all Nigerians.
My team and I shall faithfully serve you. There shall no longer be a ruling party again: APC will be your governing party. We shall faithfully serve you. We shall never rule over the people as if they were subservient to government.
Our long night has passed and the daylight of new democratic governance has broken across the land. This therefore is not a victory for one man or even one party. It is a victory for Nigeria and for all Nigerians.
May the souls of those who died rest in peace. Let us take a moment of silence to honour all of those whose sacrifices have brought us to this fine and historic hour.As the results of the election have shown, their labor has not been and will never be in vain. Democracy and the rule of law will be re-established in the land.
I assure you that Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace. We shall spare no effort until we defeat terrorism.
Let us put the past, especially the recent past, behind us. We must forget our old battles and past grievances—and learn to forge ahead. I assure you that our government is one that will listen to and embrace all.
I pledge myself and our in-coming administration to just and principled governance. There shall be no bias against or favouritism for any Nigerian based on ethnicity, religion, region, gender or social status.
You shall be able to go to bed knowing that you are safe and that your constitutional rights remain in safe hands. You shall be able to voice your opinion without fear of reprisal or victimization.