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Kerry salutes Jonathan, congratulates Buhari

Posted: Apr 2, 2015 at 1:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
The US Secretary of State, John Kerry has joined other world leaders to commend President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari for their conduct during and after the March 28 presidential election.
He commended the courage of President Jonathan to concede to defeat after the polls, saying he acted in the best interest of the country.
In a statement issued by the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, Kerry also congratulated Buhari, reiterating the commitment of the US to working with the newly elected government.
Kerry was also full of praise for Nigerians on the peaceful conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections last Saturday.
Describing the elections as historic, Kerry applauded all voters who showed patience and demonstrated their commitment to participate in the democratic process.
He also lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Attahiru Jega, on the generally orderly vote.
Kerry specifically commended the INEC on the use of the card readers to increase the credibility and transparency of the electoral process, and on prompt communication of the results, adding that the hitches recorded did not undermine the overall outcome of the election.
“In January, I traveled personally to Nigeria and met with both President Jonathan and now President-Elect Buhari.  At that time, I emphasized that for the United States, Nigeria is an increasingly important strategic partner and that Nigeria has a critical role to play in the security and prosperity of this continent and beyond.
“I also said that it was imperative that these elections are an improvement over past elections and that they need to set a new standard for this democracy.  That means that Nigerians needed to not only reject violence but actually promote peace.
“We laud both President Jonathan and General Buhari for their public commitments to the Abuja Accord signed in January and reaffirmed March 26, respecting the official results, and encouraging their supporters to do the same”, Kerry said.