Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A New Age Dawns For Nigeria

The people of Nigeria have just elected a new leader. President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has all the qualities that that great nation requires in a leader at this juncture in its history.

Ordinary Nigerians deserve to be congratulated for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves during the just-ended parliamentary and presidential elections.

They have made pan-Africanists proud of a continental giant that is black Africa's only potential world power.

Faced with the barbarism of Boko Haram, which threatened voters with death if they voted in the elections, ordinary Nigerians were defiant - and clearly demonstrated their commitment to the democratic system of government by queuing in their millions to vote.

Clearly, ordinary Nigerians regard their constitutional right to vote in elections, as a fundamental human right, which is non-negotiable.

For so graciously conceding defeat,  President Goodluck Jonathan has secured his place in history. He must be praised for his wisdom.

Posterity will remember President Goodluck Jonathan for the statesmanship he showed, when he put the interest of Nigerians above party and self, and accepted that the All Progressives Congress' candidate,  Muhammadu Buhari, had indeed won the presidential election.

President Jonathan's phone call to Buhari conceding defeat, eased the tension that had built up as the nation awaited the declaration of the winner of the presidential election, by Nigeria's Independent National Election Commission.

That noble gesture brought the election to a fitting end - and Nigerians now eagerly await the dawn of the new age that their dynamic country will be ushered into when president-elect Muhammadu Buhari is sworn into office. Nigeria will soon show the world her true potential. Brilliant.

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