The Northern Elders Forum, Kungiyar Dattawan Arewa Initiative (KDAI), has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, on his ‘resounding victory’ in the February 23 presidential election.
The Elders also expressed happiness with the spread of votes for Mr President, but insisted that there must be a better deal for Nigerians going forward.
Describing the President’s victory as a confidence vote in his ability to deliver on promises made to Nigerians, the Forum said the elections mark a significant milestone in Nigeria’s democratic journey since its inception in 1999.
Accordingly, the Elders said: “Its outcome in terms of majority votes and national spread is the first of its kind in the political history of Nigeria”, adding that; “The national spread across the regions, parties, religion and tribe is far in excess of the mandatory constitutional requirement of the two-third of the votes cast in all states and the FCT.”
The KDAI’s statement, jointly issued in Abuja by its Convener, General Paul Tarfa (rtd) and Deputy Convener, Mallam Sani Zangon Daura, also noted that the election has been considered by many as being largely ‘free, fair and peaceful.’
The Elders, who also applauded the opposition parties for a well-fought contest, said the time has come for all well-meaning Nigerians to shun petty bickering and in good faith display the spirit of love and politics without bitterness.
In appealing to all aggrieved parties to sheathe their swords in the overall interest of Nigeria, KDAI also counselled that every hands must be on deck to assist Mr President, who has been magnanimous in victory, package an inclusive government where all talents would be tapped, to address recently evolving challenges of education, insecurity and drug addiction among the youth population.
The Elder, in appreciating Nigerian electorate for electing President Buhari, however urged him to remain focused and committed in uplifting the nation to the promised ‘Next Level’ of impactful achievements and prosperity for the teeming Nigerian masses.