Taking note of the results of the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections announced on Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on Wednesday called President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) to congratulate him.
The United Nations helmsman also called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections which President Goodluck Jonathan has conceded defeat.
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“The Secretary-General talked to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Major General (Rtd) Muhammadu Buhari. He congratulated President-elect Buhari and commended President Jonathan for his leadership throughout the electoral process and his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process,” said a note released by the Mr. Ban’s spokesman’s office in New York.
“The Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls is a testament to the maturity of Nigeria’s democracy,” the statement added.
Mr. Ban also thanked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for organizing and carrying out the elections in a professional manner under challenging circumstances. He also appealed to the Nigerian people to address any complaints they may have through existing legal and constitutional channels.
The UN chief also said that he hoped the same democratic spirit will prevail in the conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections on 11 April.