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Gen Abdusalami Commends Goodluck says He is a Stateman
A former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat and congratulating Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the Saturday’s presidential election.
Abubakar spoke with State House correspondents shortly after leading members of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 general elections to a closed-door meeting with Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said Buhari had earlier told him that Jonathan called him at about 5.15pm to congratulate him.
While saying that they were in the Presidential Villa to thank Jonathan for his statesmanship, the former military leader urged all stakeholders to emulate Jonathan’s sportsmanship.
He said, “We are here to ensure peace is maintained at this moment. We thank Nigerians and all international community who came to support us during the elections.
“The elections have been very peaceful despite the hitches here and there. At the end of the elections, at the counting, there are a lot of upheavals that have happened but thankfully they have been contained.
“We were at the middle of a meeting with the international observers to try to see how we can still water the tension down when gladly I called Gen. Buhari that we are going to see him. He told me that Mr. President has called him at about 5.15 pm and congratulated him and conceded defeat.
“We were spellbound and the reason we have come here is to thank President Jonathan for this statesmanship.
"Goodluck Jonathan is a statesman" as AbdulSalam, eminent Nigerians met Buhari,Jonathan in Abuja in the evening of 31st March 2015
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NUJ Europe Commends Nigerians over the elections
Nigerians have been commended for successfully exercising their obligations to vote for the candidates of their choice in the March 28th and 29th Presidential Federal legislators election.
This was contained in a message of peace by the Acting President of the Europe Chapter of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Europe, conveyed on behalf of the Union to all Nigerians on Monday as they await official final declaration of the winner of the election from the electoral body, INEC.
The NUJ Europe called for sportsmanship among Nigerians in the aftermath of election as the Union urged Nigerians to further be mindful of their actions and excuse any form of violence that may cause harm to others.
'Please be mindful of your actions and do reason well that you do not have to be hurt or hurt others in your acts when the results of the election come out officially from INEC. " Oladigbolu appealed.
Below is the full Message as communicated to the media.
"Message to fellow Nigerians.
"Pure Praises to God almighty.
"We have seen beyond March 28th and extended 29th days of March election. Be proud of yourselves as Nigerians for exercising your civic obligations to have voted for candidates of your choice for President and Federal legislators.
"Please be mindful of your actions and do reason well that you do not have to be hurt or hurt others in your acts when the results of the election come out officially from INEC.
"Besides, staying safe and keeping the peaceful co-existing atmosphere in Nigeria will bring more success, happiness, hope and better reality to yourselves and the country.
"Do not encourage or engage in trouble and do not let yourselves be misled by others. To those who have been affected negatively by one reason or the other over the Presidential election, may God bless their souls.
"As the case maybe, the UN Secretary-General, US envoy to Nigeria, the EU monitoring groups, and other observers have been praising Nigerians for their zeal to protect their democracy.
"Commendable are the roles played by the Nigerian security personnels, sensible politicians and most importantly, voters on their efforts in promoting peaceful Presidential election in Nigeria.
"BRAAAVOO to you all!!!!
"God bless Nigeria.
"Ag. President, NUJ EUROPE
"For and on behalf of NUJ Europe Chapter."
“In the history of Nigeria, I think this is the first time where a contestant has called his rival to congratulate him and through this point, President Jonathan maintains a point that the blood of Nigerians is not worth his Presidency and by his action, he has proven that.
“He has proven that he is a man of his word, because during our interaction on this peace committee, he has always maintained that he is going to accept the result of the elections whichever way it is done. And he has proven this.”
Abubakar urged all Nigerians to join hands and assist the President in peaceful handing over.
He said all politicians, those who are celebrating and those who are ruing their loss, to give peace a chance.
The former Head of State said, “In any contest, there is always going to be a winner and President Jonathan has accepted that he lost and we want to thank him on behalf of Nigerians.
“I want to thank President Jonathan for being the statesman that he is, he has proved that he is a statesman and he has the love of this country in his heart. So, Nigerians should please help him to ensure this is real.
The two main contenders in Nigeria’s presidential election ,“For any Nigerian, who is aggrieved, the electoral law has procedures for seeking redress, so if anybody has any grievance, he should apply through the law.
“I appeal again to our youth, to everybody to please give peace a chance and accept that the chief contestant himself, has accepted' Gen AbdulSalam concluded.