President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday lauded former President Goodluck Jonathan for his role in ensuring Nigeria’s election did not end in crisis as predicted in several quarters.
In an address presented at the opening ceremony of the 25th ordinary session of the African Union (AU), Buhari said: “The election was […] held against the backdrop of the fears and concerns expressed both in Nigeria and among our international friends abroad and partners that the outcome of the election could spell doom for Nigeria. I am glad that even though those fears and concerns were not without basis, the outcome was totally different, to the relief of all of us.
“I cannot fail to acknowledge the very positive role played by my predecessor, H.E. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in averting the feared crisis, and in facilitating the peaceful transition of power between the two parties.
“I also wish to express my deep appreciation to all who honoured us with their presence at my inauguration, and even those, who for unavoidable reasons were unable to attend,” Buhari said.
The president also briefed the African leaders on his approach to end Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. According to him, collaborating with neighbours is Nigeria’s best bet to win the war against insurgency.
“I was convinced on my assumption of office that the best approach would be to work within the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, LCBC, to mobilse collective support to fight against Boko Haram. I have in this regard, directed the relocation of Nigeria’s Command Centre to place it closer to the theatre of action,” Buhari said.
“Furthermore, I have vigorously engaged the member states of the LCBC to better coordinate the strategies and tactics in fighting the insurgency in the region. I believe that this approach can be enhanced through complimentary regional and continental efforts.”