Following the declaration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the March 28, 2015 presidential election, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has joined many Nigerians and friends of Nigeria in congratulating the President elect.
In a press release issued at Abuja and signed by the National Chairman of the Party, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam and made available to Primetime Reporters, NNPP reiterated that while congratulating General Muhammadu Buhari and APC members on their victory, it was a known fact that the challenges ahead were daunting but surmountable with dedication and hard work.
It also noted that the expectations of the Nigerian people were quite high as the development placed a huge responsibility on Buhari’s shoulders and that it expected that the President elect would reach out beyond APC members to appoint those that would work with him.
“We in the New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) join all Nigerians, the international community and friends of Nigeria to express our satisfaction at the outcome of the 2015 Presidential Election. Though all the prophets of doom had predicted a breakup of the Nigerian state, the peaceful outcome of the election has shown that Nigerians can rise up to any occasion as a people”.
“Our special appreciation of the President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who has shown humility, patriotism and magnanimity in defeat is unlimited. The full implication of the President’s gesture should be appreciated in the fact that it has doused the palpable tension in the country”.
“To set the new administration running, the principles of no victor, no vanquished should be observed”.
“On matters of the Nigerian economy, Mr. President should rely heavily on a partnership with the private sector super structures to power the economy. These areas shall include but not limited to high tech mechanized agriculture, energy, oil and gas and iron and steel milling”.
“It is a known fact that the drivers of any economy are the SMEs and the informal sector. Not only do they engender adequate employment, they contribute immensely to the GDP of any nation. Policies that would make the Nigerian economy an investor’s first destination are hereby reemphasized. The work ethics of the average Nigerian must change. People should be made to see themselves as equal stakeholders in the Nigerian project so as to put in their best”.
“It is a known fact the President-elect rode on the tide of his perception as a man of integrity and someone that has zero-tolerance for corruption. It is our belief that the in-coming President will hold on to his integrity toga and that this will guide him in choosing the men and women that will work with him”.
“It must be stated that not a few Nigerians may believe the corruption index in our country has assumed a worrisome level. We believe Major-General Mohammadu Buhari cannot be found wanting when it comes to addressing the concerns of Nigerians in that regard”, the release read in part.
However, NNPP believed that the judiciary as well as the law enforcement agencies should double their efforts in order for the country to achieve success in the fight against corruption as according to the release, “the lacuna which allows many suspects to get off the hook (of proper prosecution and conviction) comes as a result of alleged compromise by other forces”.
It further observed that beyond the Judiciary and the law enforcement agencies, all Nigerians must resolve as a people to join in the war against corruption by not idolizing corrupt people.
While wishing the President elect God’s speed and the strength, knowledge and wisdom to pilot the affairs of what it called potentially great nation that all Nigerians should be proud of in the coming years, it however maintained that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is now the Mandela of Nigeria as a result of his contributions to sustainable democracy in the country even as it wished all its candidates success in the gubernatorial and state assembly election coming up the 11th April 2015.