President-Elect Appeals to Leaders To Focus On Nation Building
By Aanya Igomu, Abuja
Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu has appealed politicians, both winners and losers in the recent elections to put aside politicking and focus on healing, unity and nation building.
In a press statement, Tinubu condemned the acts of physical and verbal assault reported in some states in the recent Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.
The President-elect noted that elections should be a symbol of Nigeria’s growing democracy.
“Elections should be a celebration of our maturing democracy and freedom of choice and ought not to be moments of grief. I am particularly pained by cases of ethnic slurs, which are capable of creating needless mis-characterisation reported in some locations.
“My appeal is for us to rise above our differences, which, in reality, are fewer than the valued strings that bind us together as a people irrespective of the circumstances of our births
“In a democracy, majority would have their way but that majority must not suppress the minority from having their say. As democrats, we have to safeguard free expression. Winners must be magnanimous and those who did not win should have a large heart for tolerance and respect for the greater interest of the nation” Tinubu said.
The President-elect, while promising to be a worthy leader who would work with everyone, urged all elected leaders to shift their focus to uniting and building the nation.
“As the elected, the only way to justify the trust and confidence of the people and the mandate entrusted in us is to commit ourselves to the service of the people. We must all work diligently and sincerely to make life better for the masses. As elected officers, we have no other assignment than to be burden-bearers for the masses and ensure they have better life that we promised during the campaigns.
“We must take urgent steps to unite the people; those who voted for us and those who did not. We must champion the healing process by embracing the opponents and their supporters. As I have stated previously, the time for politicking is gone. This is time for nation building, a task beyond one individual or a section of the society. We need every hand from wherever it may come to be on deck.
“I am ready to work with you all as your President. I will be a worthy partner you can trust and rely on as we all bond together, in unity of purpose and renewed hope for, the betterment of our blessed country and beloved people,” the President-elect added.