Sunday, July 12, 2015

On March 28, 2015 Nigerians went to the polls to elect a president.  Contrary to the doomsday political prophets, the elections came and gone and Nigeria remains. The choice was mainly between
Goodluck Jonathan-Incumbent
an Incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan of PDP (Peoples Democratic Party and Muhammad Buhari of APC (All Progressive Congress).
Muhammad Buhari: Challenger & Former Dictator
 The fact that Nigeria was able to conduct an election to choose their leaders is a feat to be commended.  After several decades of dictatorships led by few brigands in uniforms, Nigeria became a shadow of what it was supposed to be.  Nigeria is a nation of multi-ethnic, multi-religion, multi-tribal and the largest black African nation.  A nation blessed with unlimited human capital and natural resources.  Sadly, a nation that has been mismanaged by those that foisted themselves on us.  They entrenched corruption and impunity.

It is the irony of Nigerian Democracy that the challenger in this election was one of those that never believed in democracy. In 1983, he, Muhammad Buhari took it upon himself to subvert a democratically elected government based on the same mantra of corruption and mismanagement.
While we at Center for Modern Nigeria welcome his conversion as a democrat, we are more intrigued by the fact that a former enemy of democracy has become a champion of Nigerian Democracy.

The Presidential Election Result
The APC won 15,424,921 votes and Mr Jonathan's People's Democratic Party (PDP) gained 12,853,162 votes.
In an act of magnanimity  never seen on the African continent, Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat and congratulated Muhammad Buhari.
We congratulate Muahmmad Buhari on the success of his election as the new President of Nigeria. We call on all Nigerians to rally around the president as he assumes the mantle of leadership.  The tasks ahead is herculean and our support is critical to move our nation forward. We implore Muhammad Buhari to be the president of all Nigerians.

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