Buhari Meets Commonwealth Secretary-General

buhari meets commonwealth secretary generalThe Commonwealth Secretary-General, Ambassador Kamalesh Sharma, has held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting holding in Malta in November.

Ambassador Sharma congratulated President Buhari for his emergence as Nigeria’s President, promising that the Commonwealth would help to build Nigeria, and strengthen the country, to provide more opportunities for it’s indigenes.

The Secretary-General also congratulated Nigerians on the electoral process that brought President Buhari to power and the democratic change of government, hoping that the road map the President has enunciated in his inaugural speech would be followed.

He said that Nigeria has been a pillar of strength in the Commonwealth and it was important that the President was aware of the developments in the Commonwealth, ahead of the meeting in Malta.

Commonwealth Congratulates General Muhammadu Buhari

commonwealthCommonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect,  Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory in the March 28 election.

In a statement, Mr Sharma said history had been made with General Buhari becoming the first Nigerian opposition leader to be elected through the ballot box.

The Secretary-General expressed admiration for the statesmanship and democratic spirit with which President Goodluck Jonathan congratulated the President-elect on his victory, even before the official announcement of the presidential election result on Wednesday.

Ready To Support Nigeria

“The people of Nigeria have demonstrated their deep commitment to democracy by exercising their right, recognised in the Commonwealth Charter, to participate in democratic processes, in particular through free and fair elections, in shaping the society in which they live. It was particularly heartening to see the active participation of young people in the election process,” Mr Sharma said.

Mr Sharma also acknowledged the pivotal role played by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), under the leadership of Professor Attahiru Jega, in delivering a credible election.

The Secretary-General thanked Dr Bakili Muluzi, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Nigeria’s elections.

In a letter to the former President of Malawi, he said: “My appreciation also extends to the entire Group that you have led so ably. Through your exemplary leadership you have shown a deep commitment to promoting the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values”.

Mr Sharma added that “the Commonwealth remains ready to support Nigeria in the post-election phase”.

INEC declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

Anyaoku Praises Jonathan For Conceding Defeat

AnyaokuElder statesman and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has applauded the President for congratulating General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the presidential election ahead of an official declaration by the electoral body.

Speaking on Channels Television’s election coverage programme, Nigeria 2015, Chief Anyaoku said that the action by President Goodluck Jonathan would send a message to the rest of Africa on the proper response by contestants in a standard democratic process.

Chief Anyaoku praised the peaceful conduct of the elections, and particularly the President for making Nigeria proud by his acceptance of defeat.

Chief Anyaoku spoke via the telephone while the result of the presidential election from Borno State was still being expected, although General Buhari had taken a clear lead at the time.

 

54th Independence: Obiano Rekindles Hope For Nigeria And Anambra

Obiano-NigeriaIn the spirit of marking the 54th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, says Nigeria would emerge from its present difficulties stronger and more prosperous.

He was speaking during a church service at the Cathedral Church of St. Faith, Awka, where the people gathered to pray for the country and the state ahead of the independence celebration on Wednesday.

The Governor took the congregation through the various achievements of the President at the national level and the giant strides Anambra was taking as a state.

He noted that already, against all odds, the country has become the largest economy in Africa at 54, while Anambra State, at 23, has been wrestled from the hands of criminals with security being restored once more to it.

Delivering the homily, the Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Right Reverend Alexander Ibezim, reiterated the need for purposeful and honest leadership in both the federal and state levels, as the country requires compassionate leaders who with fear of God would stand on the truth, uphold the rule of law and promote the welfare of the people.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his efforts in fighting terrorism and tackling poverty in the country. He also appreciated the State Governor for his effort in ridding the state of criminals and hoodlums.

As the church service wound down, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to look into the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, since the President has promised to fix all federal roads in the country.

He described the road as a slaughter slab that needs urgent attention.

The church service brought together government functionaries led by Governor Willie Obiano, service chiefs in the state, the clergy, the congregation and the people of Anambra State.