Without any iota of doubt, it is a new chapter in the history book of Nigerian democracy as Africa’s most populated black nation took the bold stride to re-elect the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, to lead the country for another four years.
President Buhari was declared winner in an election that saw him go head-to-head with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
This, of course, came following the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare him the winner of the keenly contested Saturday, February 23 presidential election, having met the necessary quota as entrenched in the country’s book of law.
In the light of the momentum that comes with the victory, Legit.ng highlights the major quotes of the president (elect) that have arguably defined his government, and will forever go down in history.
On governance, democracy and leadership
1. “As far as the constitution allows me, I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch”
2. “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.”
3. “Our long night is over, and a new dawn has come. Democracy and the rule of law will be put in place.”
4. “I cannot change the past but I can change the present and the future. I am a former military ruler and a converted democrat.”
5. “Multiparty democracy system is the best form of government with a big caveat that elections must be free, fair and credible otherwise it will be the same old problem.”
6. “On behalf of the federal government, I tender the nation's apology to the family of late MKO Abiola who got the highest votes and to those that lost their loved ones in the course of June 12 struggle.”
7. “The corporate existence of Nigeria as a single entity is not a subject of debate and will not be compromised.”
8. “You are all my people, I will treat you all as mine. I will work for those who voted for me, voted against me, and those who did not vote at all."
On corruption and fight against graft
1. “We cannot build an economy where corruption is the capital.”
2. “I will kill corruption before it kills Nigeria."
3. “We will stop corruption and make an ordinary people, the weak and the vulnerable our top priority.”
On certificate scandal and ''Jubril El-Sudani'' propaganda
1. “As a Nigerian military officer, it would have been impossible for me to have attended the Defence Services Staff College in India in 1973, and, after that - in 1979 - the United States Army War College, had I not sat for the WASC examinations, which I did in 1961.”
2. “One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I‘ve been cloned or not. The ignorant rumours are not surprising — when I was away on medical vacation last year a lot of people hoped I was dead.”
3. “I can assure you all that this is the real me. Later this month I will celebrate my 76th birthday. And I’m still going strong!”
Education and Boko Haram
1. “Boosting education will be a direct counterbalance to Boko Haram's appeal. In particular we must educate more young girls, ensuring they will grow up to be empowered through learning to play their full part as citizens of Nigeria and pull themselves up and out of poverty.”
2. “There are many reasons why vulnerable young people join militant groups, but among them are poverty and ignorance. Indeed Boko Haram - which translates in English, roughly, as 'Western Education Is Sinful' - preys on the perverted belief that the opportunities that education brings are sinful.”
3. “The misappropriation of resources provided by the government for weapons means the Nigerian military is unable to beat Boko Haram.”
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