Lagos - The I-Nigerian Initiative, an
organisation that promotes positive reporting on the country, has commended
locals for upholding democracy during the two-month transition period.
While there have been some tensions between March 28, when
elections were held, and hours leading to the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari
as the country’s next President, the atmosphere has largely been peaceful.
“In just about a few hours, the wind of Change whose silent
whistle emerged on March 28, 2015 will finally reach its crescendo, when
General Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as the fifth democratically elected
president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” said Ada Stella Apia-Afi,
National Coordinator of I-Nigerian Initiative
Apia-Afi said much needed to be said and acknowledged in
this particular transition from one government to another.
“Due commendation and credence must first be given to the
good peeople of Nigeria for their collective efforts in ensuring that our
democracy remains. It is to the credit of Nigerians and well-meaning political
gladiators that the 2015 elections, (widely predicted, even by the
international community, to bring about Nigeria’s eventual collapse) went
practically uneventfully. Violence was minimal, while the voting process itself
was widely acclaimed to be largely free and fair.”
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Apia-Afi said Nigeria must also commend the two “giant
players” in the presidential race – Dr Goodluck Jonathan, and Buhari- both of who
in their respective ways, had ensured that national interest had been upheld
before, during, and after the elections.
“I-Nigerian joins all Nigerians to commend our best wishes
to the new President, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, and his team,” said
“We must also commend the outgoing administration, led by
President Goodluck Jonathan, who have steered the ship of governance for the
past five years.
"The good statesmanship exhibited by Dr Goodluck
Jonathan throughout his tenure as president, speaks volumes for him in the
history of Nigeria. As he passes on the baton to the next President, I-Nigerian
wishes him and his family well, and warm wishes on to his next assignment as a
The official reminded colleagues that a new era begins on
Friday with the new administration resuming its duties.
“Let us continue to imbibe the spirit of patriotism, unity,
nationalism, peace, and tolerance of one another; and eschew those negative
thoughts and actions that are inimical to our peace, unity, and continued
existence. Let us continue to uphold national interest in all its
ramifications, and continue to work together for our common good,” she said.
- CAJ News