Lagos - The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the conclusion of the just-ended elections in Nigeria.
According to his office, he has spoken to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Major General (Rtd) Muhammadu Buhari.
"The Secretary-General congratulates President-elect Buhari. He commends President Jonathan for his leadership throughout the electoral process and his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process," read a statement.
A spokesperson said Ki-Moon also applauded the INEC for having organized and carried out the elections in a professional manner under challenging circumstances.
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"He calls on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections. He also appeals to them to address any complaints they may have through existing legal and constitutional channels."
The UN Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls is a testament to the maturity of Nigeria’s democracy.
"He hopes that the same democratic spirit will prevail in the conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections on 11 April," his spokesperson said.