…Commends President Jonathan
…Talks tough on Boko Haram, corruption
By Ekene Okoro
Snr. Correspondent, Lagos/ Ejike
Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Abuja, where he promised to justify the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians who voted for him during the March 28 presidential elections.
Addressing the gathering of his supporters at the International Conference Centre shortly after he was presented with the Certificate by the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, Buhari said the period was a time that calls for sober reflection and prayers for the nation.
Pledging to work hard to begin the process of restructuring the foundation of the nation, Buhari also saluted those who risked their lives ensuring Nigeria’s democracy is not shaken.
“Many risk their lives and others have died. We sent our condolence to those who lost their lives. Our supporters should celebrate the victory with prayers and reflection. It is a historic hour”, he said.
He urged Nigerians to put the past behind and work, promising that he would run a government that would listen and embrace all.
“I will make d best contribution to d nation. If I am not capable, I won’t have come forward”, he said
The President-elect also extended a hand of fellowship to President Goodluck Jonathan and his team, saying the president’s conduct after the election proves him to be a great statesman.
“Jonathan is a great Nigeria and he is still our president and we should support him. I look forward to meet him in the days to come and discuss how our team will work together for the transition”.
He also commended the national leader of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu for believing in him, just as he lauded the role played by the international community to ensure free, fair and credible elections, assuring them that his government will be intolerant of terrorism, drug abuse and climate change.
“Our nation faces challenges in terms of insecurity, corruption and economic challenges, I pledge to tackle all these. Our nation has suffered in recent past. I want to assure you that Boko Haram will soon no d strength of your collectively, we shall tackle corrupt which is worst than terrorism.
“It has destroyed the economy, it kills unjustly, such illegal undermine democracy. Corruption shall not be tolerated. Join me to fight this and other challenges. We shall not take d people for granted. We shall do the job you expect us to do. This is not the first time Nigerians have voted for us but this is the first time votes are allowed to count”, he said.
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