As congratulatory messages continue to pour-in for the President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on his victory in Saturday’s presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan’s kinsmen on Wednesday joined the fray.
The President’s kinsmen, who spoke under the auspices of Ijaw National Congress, INC, wished Buhari the courage and wisdom to usher the country into a new era of peace and evenly-distributed prosperity.
They also commended Jonathan for his show of sportsmanship by accepting the election verdict.
The President of the INC worldwide, Boma Obuoforibo, said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital that the president’s action portrayed him as a role model for emerging leaders in Nigeria and Africa in general.
“On behalf of the Ijaw ethnic nationality, we commend President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his courageous outing in the 2015 Presidential election. He made all Nigerians proud by his unprecedented show of sportsmanship in accepting INEC’s verdict.
“His telephone call to congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on his victory at the polls even before the formal declaration of result by INEC is a statesmanlike act that has endeared him as a role model for emerging leaders of our country and Africa.
“We congratulate Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on his victory at the polls and wish him divine wisdom and courage to lead our dear Nigeria into a new era of peace and broadly shared prosperity”, the INC president said.
Obuoforibo expressed gratitude to those who rallied round Mr. Jonathan during his presidential re-election campaign and urged them to take solace in the president’s example as a true democrat.
“We thank all those who rallied round the President all through his re-election bid. We appeal to them to take solace in the shining example of a democrat he has given Nigeria and eschew any act that is capable of endangering the peace, unity and corporate existence of Nigeria”, he said.