Presidential candidate of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress, Mohammadu Buhari, meets with US Secretary of State at the US Consulate in Lagos January 25, 2015. US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that peaceful and timely el ~ AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on
Friday in Abuja applauded former President Goodluck Jonathan for his
statesmanship in conceding defeat in the March 28 presidential election.
Buhari gave the commendation in his inaugural speech during
his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said that Jonathan had set a precedent that would make
Nigerians proud globally.
"I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his
display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our
people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are.
"I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the
outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the
country’’, he said.
The President noted that with the support and cooperation
given to the transition process by Jonathan, the country would be united to
surprise the world.
He stressed that his administration would not interfere with
the functions of the legislature and judiciary.
"The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to
encroach on the duties and functions of the legislative and judicial arms of
"To achieve our objectives, we must consciously work the
democratic system’’, he said.
Buhari maintained that under his administration, law
enforcement agencies would operate within the confines of the Constitution.
He said that the legislative arm must keep to their
constitutional mandate of lawmaking and oversight functions.
The President said the country now expects the judiciary to
act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial
crimes or abuse of office.
"It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that
government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the
confusion all too often bedeviling governance today’’, he said.