Nigeria is the winner
Congratulations to Nigeria, Nigerians, the APC, President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President-elect Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and President Goodluck Jonathan.
This is an indelible historic moment for our dear nation. Presidential and National Assembly elections have been held. The opposition won the presidency and the incumbent President has congratulated the winner.
President Jonathan deserves commendation for his humble and peaceful disposition. He must be praised for not dragging Nigeria into a needless civil war that could have led to losses of innocent lives. The African continent would have been thrown into turmoil with invading refugees as Nigeria is the most populous African nation. Unlike African Presidents such as Gbagbo who cared less about the lives of their people, President Jonathan has demonstrated real courage.
President Jonathan also deserves commendation for organizing more credible elections in 2011 and 2015 in contrast to the Iwuruwuru 'selections' of 2003 and 2007 which held under the watch of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Clearly, there are areas of concerns that need improvement, but the elections conducted under President Jonathan are more credible to a far extent. Kudos to Prof. Jega and President Jonathan. And many thanks to African nations and the international community that ensured democracy and peace in Nigeria.
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Nigerians are gradually doing away with ethno-religious sentiments in choosing their leaders. Igbos have been elected into the House of Representatives in Lagos State. A christian defeated an incumbent muslim Governor in Niger State (with a dominant muslim population) to emerge the Senator-elect. General Buhari, a Fulani Muslim won the presidential election in Benue State. A state with a largely christian population and composed of Northern minorities which traditionally voted against political parties perceived to support core Northern interest. These developments are more than significant. They remind us of the good old days when Hon. Ebube Dike (an Easterner) was elected into the Western House of Assembly and when Umoru Altine (a Northerner) and Dr. Bashorun (a Westerner) were elected mayors of Enugu and Port Harcourt..
We hope to see a Southerner elected the governor of Kano State. A non- Yoruba elected the governor of Lagos State. A Northerner elected the governor of Enugu State. And vice versa!
The ongoing ethno-religious harmonization must be consolidated by our leaders. General Buhari should lead by example and all elected leaders must see Nigeria as their only constituency. We all have our rights to vote on the basis of choice and no ethno-religious group must be discriminated against for its voting pattern. General Buhari should ensure that he leaves Nigerians far more united than he met them. He must ensure that our ethno-religious and socio-political fault lines are erased as much as possible.
Peace and security of lives and properties must be enthroned. The economy must be diversified and sustainable. Our teeming large intelligent brains must be appropriated for rapid social and scientific developments. Systemic reform must be stepped up across all sectors. And Nigerians must embrace attitudinal reform as well as uphold ethical values if we truly want a Nigeria where things work!
Once again, CONGRATULATIONS. And the winner is... NIGERIA!
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