President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that if not for the action President Goodluck Jonathan took to congratulate him (Buhari) when results of the presidential election were released, Nigeria would have been engulfed in crisis.
He therefore commended the president “for the maturity and statesmanship that he exhibited by accepting that he had lost the election”.
Buhari who gave the commendation in Abuja on Thursday when he received Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou said, “His (Jonathan’s) action actually doused tensions and averted crisis in Nigeria.
“Not only Africa but the world has commended the President for that because if he had disputed the election, there would have been crisis in the country. That is what people don’t want, not only Nigerians but other countries.”
Buhari said but for colonialism, Niger and Nigeria and all countries living along the border would have been one as they shared similar cultures, religions and mannerisms.
Earlier, Mahamadou had said he was in Nigeria to convey the gratitude of Niger Republic to Nigerians for the peaceful conduct of the elections held in spite of challenges.
“President Jonathan conceding defeat and this act will have a lasting impact and influence on politics in Africa, West Africa and Africa at large.
“So, I’m here both to congratulate the president-elect and the people of Nigeria for the smooth conduct of the elections,” Mahamadou said.
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