Former President Jerry Rawlings has stated that the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria’s presidential election is an indication that the country is ready to confront corruption head on.
“Nigerians did not vote for just anyone. They voted for a man whose integrity is extremely high.
“Nigeria is tired of corruption and the choice of this leader is a clear indication of where she wants to go,” the former military leader stated in a congratulatory message to the President-elect of Africa’s most populous nation.
Buhari, a former Nigerian army general who first won power three decades ago in a military coup, beat incumbent and main rival President Goodluck Jonathan in a historic presidential election in Africa’s biggest economy.
The 72-year-old stretched Mr Jonathan by about 2 million votes, testament to the faith Nigerians have put in him as a born-again democrat intent on cleaning up Nigeria’s perceived corrupt politics.
Below are details of the statement released by Mr Rawlings
STATEMENT BY H.E. JERRY RAWLINGS ON OUTCOME OF NIGERIA’S ELECTIONS
“Nigerians have taken the lead in the rejection of corruption.
“The election result is a manifestation of the people’s resolve to confront corruption, dishonesty and exploitation. This is a clear message to the new leadership. A bold step has been taken towards a new Nigeria and the incoming leader cannot be unaware of what is expected of him.
“Nigerians did not vote for just anyone. They voted for a man whose integrity is extremely high. Nigeria is tired of corruption and the choice of this leader is a clear indication of where she wants to go. I hope General Buhari will put together a team whose understanding of the power of the people recognizes and respects the will of the people.
“General Buhari owes it to his people and to Black Africans, the restoration of our pride and the black man’s dignity.
“The image of President Jonathan, a Nigerian Head of State climbing up the stairs to go and complain about Boko Haram to a French President is an image I hope I will not see again.”