Ijaw leader and former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark has joined other elder statesmen in congratulating the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory in the just concluded March 28 presidential election.
“I am pleased to join our other compatriots in this country and friends from the international community to convey my words of congratulations to you and your party, the All Progressives Congress,” a letter dated April 3, 2015, personally signed by him, said.
“I note that the election was keenly contested but the outcome has been determined by INEC, in the exercise of its statutory duties. We must therefore move forward in the interest of peace, unity and progress of our country.
“I have noted that this is equally the position which you so well stated during your acceptance speech at the collection of your Certificate of Return.”
“I am glad that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was so gracious to beat the gun in congratulating you, both by a historic telephone call and a national broadcast, underlined the need for the spirit of placing our national interest above individual or group ambition.
“This was an uncommon display of purposeful leadership and patriotism which I believe sets a propitious cue for the new government.
“This act of statesmanship and honesty of purpose no doubt went a long way to disappoint our detractors both within and outside our country who thought that the result of the elections will not be accepted by any of the two major contestants and thereby create a chaotic situation in the country and satisfying those prophets of doom who felt there will be no more Nigeria after the 2015 General elections.”