Muslim NGO Lauds Jonathan for Conceding Defeat to Buhari

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Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an NGO, on Tuesday commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat to General Mohammad Buhari in the March 28 Presidential poll.

Akintola said in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos that the rest of Africa and the world in general, would begin to respect Nigeria as a nation with rich democratic values.

The statement also congratulated Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for this historical feat, noting his determination and faith in hard work

“President Goodluck Jonathan has held a telephone conversation with his main contender in the presidential election, Gen.l Muhammadu Buhari and congratulated him.

“We commend President Jonathan for this singular gesture. It is highly patriotic. This magnanimous action of President Jonathan has lifted Nigeria to a lofty height in the comity of nations.

“We doff our hat to President Jonathan for seizing the initiative. He is our man of the moment,’’ the statement said.

The statement urged every Nigerian to emulate the Jonathan by immediately sinking our differences and embracing peace as it is the only sure way to achieve national development.

“Let us rally behind the new leader to build a strong and prosperous Nigeria. There has been no victor in this election. Neither has anyone or any political party been vanquished.

“The real winner is Nigeria because she is going to remain one.”

Similarly, the Director of Communication, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Monsignor Gabriel Osu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), hailed the feat by Buhari, urging him not to surround himself with sycophants.

“It is a welcome development that the people’s vote at least for the first time in Nigeria counted; you could see the vast majority of Nigerians spread across the country giving him the vote.

“Our prayer and hope is that he will not betray our trust; he will give us good governance; we congratulate him, and we wish him the Wisdom of Solomon and the patience of Job as he rules Nigeria.

“ We will always pray for him; the journey is far, so, as he starts the journey, we pray he will survive the trials,’’ he said.

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