Nigeria: Six Key Things in Buhari's Acceptance Speech

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
27 February 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged his supporters not to gloat or humiliate opposition as they celebrate his victory.

In his acceptance speech at the campaign office, Abuja, Buhari thanked all those who contributed to his victory.

Buhari defeated his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, after polling 15,191,847 votes. Atiku got 11,262,978 votes.

Buhari, started his speech with appreciation, " First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

" I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

"In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

"My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

"I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them."

Buhari, also said although Saturday's elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process.

He said Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

" I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections," he said

The president while commending security agenices, he said," I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period."

He made special appeal to his teeming supporters not gloat or humiliate opposition.

" I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts," he said.

For observers, the president said, " We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy. "

He said, " the new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end.

" We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

" I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria," he said.

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