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Obama applauds Jonathan, Buhari, Jega for successful polls

Posted: Apr 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

U.S. President, Barak Obama, on Tuesday commended Nigeria’s commitment to democracy displayed in the large turn out for Saturday’s elections to decide the country’s future peacefully.

A statement by Office of the Press Secretary, at the White House, quoted Obama as commending President Goodluck Jonathan and President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari for their public commitments to non-violence throughout the campaign on behalf of the American people.

The statement particularly applauded President Jonathan for placing his country’s interests first by conceding the election and congratulating President-Elect Buhari on his victory.

According to him, “I look forward to working with President Jonathan throughout the remainder of his term, and I thank him for his many years of service and his statesmanlike conduct at this critical juncture.

“I urge President-Elect Buhari and President Jonathan to repeat their calls to their supporters to continue to respect the election outcomes, focus on unifying the country, and together lead Nigeria through a peaceful transition,”

In particular, he appreciated the efforts of Prof. Atahiru Jega, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who he said “deserve special recognition for what independent international observers have deemed a largely peaceful and orderly vote.

“I commend INEC for its extensive efforts to increase the credibility and transparency of the electoral process.  Looking ahead to the gubernatorial elections on April 11, it is imperative that national attention turn to ensuring isolated logistical challenges are overcome and peace is protected, even in the most hotly contested races.”

The statement made available by the information office of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, also quoted Obama as congratulating Nigerians and Buhari, while looking “forward to continuing to work with the newly-elected government on our many shared priorities.”