Nigeria: Fayemi, MURIC say Buhari’s victory reward for sincere leadership
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, Feb. 27, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State in the south-west zone of Nigeria, has congratulated his country’s President, Mohammadu Buhari on his re-election for a second term, saying, “the victory is a reward for his sincere leadership.”
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was early Wednesday, declared the winner of the country’s presidential election held last Saturday beating the opposition candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
According to the governor, the President’s re-election is an attestation to the fact that Nigerians appreciate his efforts at making life more comfortable for the people of the country in the last four years.
Fayemi, who described President Buhari as a focused, compassionate and sincere leader with genuine concern for the overall good of the citizenry, said, “the Nigerian electorate have demonstrated that given a choice, they would readily choose a sincere leader who cares for their wellbeing above other considerations.”
While stressing that the electorate have again demonstrated that power truly belongs to the people, the governor said the victory is a confirmation of the people’s trust in President Buhari and the APC-led government, adding that the President would not take the trust for granted.
His words: “On behalf of my family, the government and the good people of Ekiti State, the Land of Honour, I heartily congratulate our President on this historic re-election as President for a second term.
“No doubt, it has been a very tough battle, but the people of Nigeria have spoken in clear terms. They have chosen to reward Mr President’s sincerity of purpose with another term of office.
“Regardless of what anybody might say, the Nigerian electorate has demonstrated a high level of sophistication. They have shown that they have the capacity to sieve through electoral promises and determine a leader that will serve their interest better.
“The Nigerian people know President Buhari as a honest leader and have demonstrated their trust in his ability to take them to the next level of development and prosperity.
“It is a new day and a new season and I congratulate Mr President once more on the victory and the entire Nigerian people for their courage and steadfastness and for their determination to deepen democracy in the country.”
Governor Kayode Fayemi is a member of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), as President Muhammadu Buhari.
The congratulatory message was signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode and made available to the media.
In its congratulatory message, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), described Buhari’s victory as well-deserved. The human rights organization rejoiced with President Muhammadu Buhari and prayed for Allah’s protection and guidance for him.
The message was contained in a press statement signed by the Founder and Director of the group, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday, 27th February, 2019.
“We felicitate with President Muhammadu Buhari on his well-deserved victory in the 2019 presidential election. There is no doubt that Buhari is the choice of the Nigerian people. He won this enviable position by dint of his love for the poor masses, his Spartan way of life, his transparency and the indisputable aura of integrity which surrounds him. Buhari is an uncommon leader in the whole of Africa. He will go down in history as the father of modern Nigeria. We are very proud of him.
“Buhari’s re-election is a reward for good governance. We charge Nigerians to cooperate with the president by changing their mindset. This is the time to set a new agenda for our country. Let us emulate Buhari in transparency, honesty, simplicity and hard-work. Both young and old Nigerians must eschew the rush for materialism. Let us regain our lost values and norms. Fraud, yahoo-yahoo and all forms of 419 were never part of our culture in Nigeria. We must not miss the lessons in Buhari’s victory. In particular, we must realise that a good name runs faster than silver and gold.
“The APC leadership must sit up from now. This is the time to prepare a roadmap to the consolidation of the gains of Buhari’s first term and prepare strategies for escaping landmines and ambushes particularly in the National Assembly (NASS). The eighth NASS has performed woefully. It is an anti-people, pro-corruption, pro-capitalist bourgeoisie. It is the worst in the history of our nation. We must therefore make sure that it does not happen again.
“MURIC advises Buhari’s supporters to jubilate moderately. We must not rejoice with spite. This victory must not go into our heads. Dangerous convoy drives must be avoided. Speedy motorcycle displays of joy which often lead to accidents are unnecessary. We all must be in sober reflection.
“We call on the opposition to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari. We all must adopt a new dogma in the few months to come: that the winner did not win because he is the best; neither did the loser lose because he is the worst. Let us see no winner, no vanquished. The only entity we should see is Nigeria. This is how to eliminate bitterness. Nigeria is the winner and the beautiful Nigerian people are the heroes of our new democratic experience. We should therefore match forward together to build a strong and united nation.
“We call on religious leaders to direct showers of supplications to the Supreme Creator to protect President Buhari, to prosper Nigeria, overwhelm enemies of this country, overcome powers of darkness and make Nigeria flourish once again under this administration and thereafter.