PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned politicians and Nigerians in general not so see elections as war or a do or die affair, saying that his victory in the election, is a victory for the country.
At the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Wednesday, where he received his Certificate of Return, the president observed that from the comments of several observers both local and foreign, it was obvious that the elections were both free and fair.
He noted further: “Election is not war. I pray that we all accept this democratic approach to elections, however contentious.
“Now that the elections are over, and a winner declared, we must all see it as a victory for Nigeria, our dear country.
While receiving his certificate of returns from Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the president further assured that Nigerians would soon see “a country moving to the `Next Level’ as the APC-led administration consolidates on its achievements”.
He vowed to continue to wage war against corruption, as accumulation of public wealth would not be tolerated.
Suing for peace and not war, he reminded his supporters not to gloat, as “our God-given victory is enough cause for joy, without deriding those who were in the opposition. All Nigerians, going forward, must stand in brotherhood, for a bright and fulfilling future.”
He promised to continue to engage all parties while assuring that his “Government will remain inclusive. That is the way to build the country of our dream; safe, secure, prosperous, and free of impunity and primitive accumulation by those entrusted with public offices.”
Looking ahead the next four years, he promised to build on the foundations of peace, rule of law and opportunities for all.
He said: “We will roll up our sleeves afresh, and give it our all. We have no other motive than to serve Nigeria with our hearts and might, and build a nation which we and generations to come can be proud of.
“I can assure that you will see a country moving to the Next Level, as we consolidate on our fundamental areas of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption.
“Many other focal areas will be added, to the good things we plan for our country.”
He paid tribute to those “who lost their lives either through accidents or mindless violence during the course of these elections,” and prayed that “God comfort and give their families the fortitude to bear the loss.’’