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Nigerians praised for conduct during transition period

28 May 2015, 20:02

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 Apia-Afi.

“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 global statesman.”

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


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