Buhari, Issoufou laud Jonathan over polls
THE President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari was full of praises for the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat in the just concluded general elections.
Buhari who met behind closed doors with the President of Niger Republic, Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou at the Defence House, in Abuja, admitted that by that singular act, Jonathan saved the nation from being plunged into an avoidable crisis.
In the same vein, Issoufou was full of praises for President Jonathan over his exemplary conduct during and after the recent presidential poll.
Buhari said the West African region as well as the entire Africa would have been gravely affected if the country were plunged into crisis arising from disagreements between supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Thanking the Nigerien president for deeming it fit to congratulate him over his recent victory at the polls, Buhari said Nigeria and Niger have a lot in common in terms of cultural and linguistic affiliation.
He said but for the partition of Africa at the Berlin Conference, there was no difference between the people harbouring Nigeria, Niger, Benin and Cameroon.
In a tribute to President Jonathan for exhibiting the traits of a statesman, Buhari said: “I think the President of Niger Republic have said it all why he is here. He congratulated President Jonathan on the role he played in stabilising the polity itself by accepting defeat.
“This has turned around our nervous political process and I think the whole world recognises this statesmanship displayed by President Jonathan. I emphasise that he (President of Niger) came and congratulated me and his good news about the respect for Nigeria the engine of ECOWAS and indeed Africa, Nigerians being held in such a high esteem by his country. And you know if you can go back into history you will notice what evil Berlin convention has done to us in 1885 where the colonialists sat down with a ruler in hand and divided us.”
The Niger President said he was in Abuja to congratulate Buhari over his victory at the polls, adding that the peaceful manner the elections were conducted came as a relief to the people of Niger and all peace loving Africans.