I want to use this opportunity to congratulate the presidential candidates who have fought gallantly during the course of this election. The uproars brought about by the campaigns through the various social media platforms and on the streets of every state in Nigeria has been interesting. I can boldly say that I have stories to tell my children concerning this election.
To every supporter, I believe that from the first day it has been at the back of your mind that only one candidate will win. As you have seen today, one candidate won. For those of you whose candidate won, congratulations. I would advise that as you celebrate your victory, please do not in the midst of it provoke the others whose candidate did not win.
For those whose candidate lost, you might not be happy with the result. But please do not incite or trigger any form of violence. If you are aggrieved and are not satisfied with the results, please go to the court to fight for justice. Violence is a path we don’t want to follow. Violence is not an option for a country of 170 million. Shun electoral violence.
Congratulations to President Goodluck Jonathan for taking the path of the nobles and courageously exhibiting the character of a sportsman by congratulating the elected president. I also expect his followers to suit. Showing willingness to support the newly elected government and encouraging their supporters to shun violence is a great step all Nigerians will appreciate. One thing is certain, history will never forget you as someone who allowed electoral process to be free and fair. You shall be known as a man who allowed the voice of the people to count.
To our elected President, Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, this is just the beginning of a journey to greatness. Your resilience for the past 12 years in contesting to become the president of Nigeria is a show of the pursuit of a vision to change this country. I and many other Nigerians are hopeful that you will take this country to the place of greatness. Our vote is a show that we believe that you can drive this country to its destination. We hope you will keep to your promises. Congratulations to you.
To the very cool, calm and collected INEC chairman, Prof. Atahiru Jega and every INEC official that have made this electoral process possible. We want to say that we are proud of you. You did not disappoint us in any way. Conducting a successful election that reflects the voice of the people have put your names in the hall of fame of Nigeria. History will never forget your courage in delivering a free, fair and credible election. You are a symbol of the new Nigeria.
Having been monitoring the 2015 Presidential Election, I want to say that the real heroes are my fellow Nigerians. We have all shown that the power to decide the destiny of this country is not in the hands of our politicians but in our hands. We have shown that the electorates have the power to vote in or vote out anyone we are not satisfied with his or her performance.
You have all been amazing. Your believe in the growth and development of this will not be disappointed. Let’s keep praying for this country. God is the one who is in control of the affairs of the kingdom of men. Soon Nigeria will be grate again. Long live Nigeria. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.