The Christian Association of Nigeria and National Christian Elders Forum have congratulated the President-elect and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), on his election.
In their separate congratulatory messages, obtained by The PUNCH on Wednesday in Abuja, the two religious organisations also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying quality Christian and democratic character by conceding defeat in the election.
CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in his congratulatory message to Buhari, also saluted Nigerians for a peaceful election and called for “harmony between Christians and Muslims in their quest for a prosperous Nigeria.”
While praying for a prosperous future for Nigeria, Oritsejafor also praised President Goodluck Jonathan for exhibiting good sportsmanship in conceding defeat to Buhari.
The Secretary of NCEF, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, in his congratulatory message, said, “Despite the enormous tension and apprehension that preceded the election, Nigerians have demonstrated political maturity that elections can be won and lost without recourse to violence or acrimony.”
While congratulating Buhari for his victory at the elections, NCEF wished him a successful tenure in office and “joined all Nigerians and indeed the entire world to commend his (Jonathan) act of statesmanship, quality Christian and democratic character by peacefully conceding of defeat.”
Emmanuel said, “It is encouraging to observe that Nigeria is maturing democratically. Today, we celebrate a sitting President, who after conceding defeat at the polls can say, ‘I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word’. Mr. President, we are proud of you.
“The sterling Christian and democratic qualities aptly demonstrated by President Jonathan are in line with our objective that democracy must thrive and be firmly rooted in Nigeria. The fruit of democracy is a peaceful, just, fair, and equitable society. These are the pillars upon which we can build a prosperous nation. We shall continue to work to entrench these values in our nation.”