Abuja - Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, praised locals for their conduct during the recent, largely peaceful elections.
Ribadu praised President Goodluck Jonathan for providing a level playing field for free and fair elections, and congratulated the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) for what he described as a hard-earned victory.
He stressed the need for fairness and justice to all as requisites for achieving national unity and integration.
“The mature and orderly manner during the polls and their reaction to the results has shamed agents of doom,” he said.
Ribadu said the peaceful conduct and sportsmanship exhibited at the polls despite passion and high hopes from both sides were signs that Nigeria’s democracy had come of age.
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“I am particularly happy that despite ominous predictions of violence, the process has come and gone peacefully,” Ribadu noted.
“Credit should go to President Goodluck Jonathan who promptly conceded and called for calm.”
Ribadu said the two leading candidates demonstrated exemplary restraint and maturity by staying resolute and focused and by their refusal to be dragged into attacking each other throughout the campaign period.
He called on the electorates to reflect this conduct when they return to the booth to elect governors and state assembly members on April 11.
“It is important to note that at the end of the day, our country, our states and democracy should be made the ultimate winners."