Nuhu Ribadu, an ex-chief of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has praised Nigerians for their law-abiding manner during the just-concluded general poll and its outcome.
Ribadu who commended the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan for organising free and fair poll, also praised the election winner, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) for what he defined as a hard-earned victory.
He emphasised the importance of justice to all as required for achieving national unity and consolidation.
In a comment by his media aide, Ribadu the Adamawa state Peoples Democratic Party aspirant in the April 11 governorship poll, is hailing the Nigerian electorate for “mature and orderly manner during the polls and their reaction to the results” saying that attitude “has shamed agents of doom”.
Ribadu said the peaceful conduct and fairness exhibited at the elections despite passion and high hopes from both sides were signs that “Nigeria’s democracy has come of age. I am particularly happy that despite ominous predictions of violence, the process has come and gone peacefully.
“Credit should go to President Goodluck Jonathan who promptly conceded and called for calm.”
Ribadu added that “the two leading candidates demonstrated exemplary restraint and maturity by staying resolute and focused and by their refusal to be dragged into attacking each other throughout the campaign period”.
He asked the voters to indicate this conduct when they return to the polling booth to choose governors and state assembly members on April 11.
Ribadu further added: “It is important to note that at the end of the day, our country, our states and democracy should be made the ultimate winners”.
“As we approach the next round of election, we should remember that the first winner should be our states and our people, thus the need to be peaceful conduct.”
Meanwhile, before the Saturday's elections Nuhu Ribadu has talked about his determined belief that President Jonathan will come out victorious and get re-elected for a second term in the presidential election. But his predictions didn't fulfilled as the opposition candidate General Buhari was announced the winner of the March 28 poll.