President Muhammadu Buhari today applauded former President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship in conceding defeat in the March 28 presidential election.
Buhari commended Jonathan in his inaugural speech as he was sworn as Nigeria’s president.
“I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are,” he said.
“I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country’’, he said.
Buhari lauded the support given to the transition process by Jonathan, saying such cooperation will lead to a united Nigeria that the world be in awe of.
He also stressed his resolve not to interfere with the functions of the legislature and judiciary.
“The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the legislative and judicial arms of government.
“To achieve our objectives, we must consciously work the democratic system,’’ he said. He added that the legislative arm must keep to their constitutional mandate of lawmaking and oversight functions.
“It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today,” President Buhari said.