- CAN Congratulates President-Elect
- JNI Asks Atiku To Accept His Fate
President Muhammadu Buhari says only those with integrity and interest of Nigeria will be considered in the next cabinet.
He also promised to appoint more women and youth during his second tenure, acknowledging the “significant role” they played toward his re-election.
He said his administration would not disappoint them.
Buhari spoke at a dinner the All Progressives Congress (APC) women and youth organised to celebrate his re-election, on Saturday.
He said more fertilizers were being made available to Nigerian farmers at a lower rate, adding that this has resulted in an increase in agricultural production and reduction in food importation.
Buhari also called on Nigerian youth to embrace agriculture to ensure more food sufficiency and food export.
He again faulted the 16-year rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which he said, “wasted the nation’s resources”.
According to him, the country witnessed “rampant infrastructure decay” in spite of the huge resources earned during the period.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states has congratulated President Buhari, urging him to run an inclusive government this time.
In a letter to the President dated March 1, 2019, the northern CAN said Buhari’s victory at the poll was evidence of his uprightness and transparency in governance.
“Run an inclusive government as you promised under the new dispensation to unite the diverse of people of Nigeria now, more than ever before,” read part of the statement signed by Yakubu Pam, Chairman of the association.
“Mr President sir, the Bible says to whom much is given, much is expected. We wish to appeal that you continue to be father to all in Nigeria as we look forward to seeing prosperous nation in the next 4 years of your second term in office
“Aware of this victory at a time the people of Nigeria are looking up to you for quality leadership, we urge you double your effort in the fight against insurgency, internal security and corruption in the country.”
In a similar manner, Muhammad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and leader of the Jama’tu Nasril Islam (JNI), also congratulated Buhari, calling on the opposition to sheath their swords.
Although, JNI did not mention the name of Atiku in the statement signed by Khalid Abubakar, its secretary-general, the PDP presidential candidate falls into that category since he is the only one among all the presidential candidates, who has headed to the court to challenge the outcome of the election.
“We call on all the political contenders in Nigeria to, in the name Allah, take it easy and sheath their swords as in every contest there will always be a winner and a loser.
“But in this case, all the contestants are the winners, because Nigerians are now beginning to understand the dynamics of politics and democracy.
“Moreover, Nigerians must be in peace with one another before anybody will think of governing the entity called Nigeria, except if he/she thinks otherwise.
“Peace must be embraced by all as Nigeria clearly needs peace for its growth and development and considering that the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections are coming up on Saturday.
“We use this medium to appeal to all politicians and their supporters to embrace peace and also be decorous in actions and speeches, before, during and after the elections,” the statement read.