Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president, congratulated Muhammadu Buhari on the victory in the presidential election urging him to fight corruption in the country.
As the Independent National Electoral Commission is making the final calculations, The Punch obtained Obasanjo’s congratulatory message in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Tuesday evening.
The ex president charges the president-elect to immediately start reforms in various sectors to improve the situation in Nigeria.
“With so much harm already done to many national institutions including the military, which proudly nurtured you and me, you will have a lot to do on institution reform – education, healthcare, economy, security, infrastructure, power, youth employment, agri-business, oil and gas, external affairs, cohesiveness of our nation and ridding our land of corruption.
“Your varied and wide experience will undoubtedly stand you in good stead.
“The country is blessed with men and women of goodwill, character and virtue across the board that you can mobilise to join hands with you in the reform, repairs and re-direction that will be imperative to put Nigeria back on the fast lane of good governance, unity, cohesiveness, development and progress.”
Obasanjo noted that Buhari’s victory is a lesson for Nigeria’s democracy.
“For me, the totality of 2015 elections hold many lessons for our democracy and democratisation process, which are both maturing.
“On this occasion, the system has been unnecessarily overheated before and particularly during the campaigns when emphasis was more on trivialities and hate, divisive, undignifying and disrespectful statements and comments rather than on pressing issues requiring attention.
“I know that in victory, you will be magnanimous to start binding the wounds and bitterness occasioned by the campaign and the evil disciples.”
Not only did the former president, but the incumbent president congratulated Buhari on victory. Numerous officials have also praised Goodluck Jonathan for gallantly conceding defeat.