The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday in Abuja said the task ahead of the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government was enormous. This is contained in its congratulatory message to the APC on the emergence of its presidential candidate, Muhammad Buhari, as winner of the March 28, presidential election. The statement, signed by Mr Asishana Okauru, the forum`s Director-General, prayed that God would use the APC and Buhari to bring the desired change to the country.
“We congratulate the APC for the emergence of Gen. Buhari at the March 28 presidential election as President-elect, and Prof. Yemi Osibajo, as Vice President-elect. “We pray that God uses Buhari as President working with other stakeholders, to lead the country across party, religious, ethnic and sectoral lines. “This is the level of cohesion needed to meet the yearning and expectations of all Nigerians and move our country forward,’’ it said.
It also congratulated the APC, the PDP and other political parties for the success of their various candidates in the National Assembly elections. The statement said the emergence of Buhari at this point in Nigeria`s political history was nothing but the will of the people and the voice of God. This, it said, was so considering the fact that Buhari had previously contested the seat three times.
It, however, thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for his concession of victory, saying that this was the mark of true sportsmanship. It, therefore, called on all other political party leaders to follow suit. The statement further added that the forum was looking forward to a successful conduct of the forthcoming Governorship and State Assembly elections slated for April 11.
Earlier, Mr Myani Bukar of Act Now Nigeria, an NGO, described the emergence of Buhari as Nigeria`s next president, as the most eloquent resolve of Nigerians for a change in every facet of life. “It is the triumph of democracy and it signifies the beginning of a new era of active citizenship in Nigeria. “This is truly the people`s revolution; it is time for nation building to commence,’’ Bukar said