Buhari has to deliver on his change message – Yakubu Gowon

By Post Nigeria April 7, 2015 10:23

Buhari has to deliver on his change message – Yakubu Gowon

Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, has said that the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, must deliver on his change message and address all the issues facing the country.

Gowon said the peaceful conduct of the March 28 presidential poll has proven wrong those who predicted that Nigeria would break up in 2015.

The former President, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Jos, Plateau state on Monday, commended Nigerians for turning out en masse to exercise their franchise.

Gowon called on Buhari to reciprocate the kind gesture and make the people feel the impact of entrusting him with their votes by fulfilling his promises.

“No one will ever repeat that wild and arrogant prediction that Nigeria will go under; those doom sayers have been shamed and Nigeria will grow from strength to strength,” he said.

“The nation has always had the mechanism to tackle its concerns and this election and its peaceful outcome have proved that a united and focused nation would always survive and move toward greatness.

“During the elections, I visited polling units in Asokoro, Karu, Nyanya, Maitama and Wuse; the people came early and in many cases waited for INEC officials that came late. I was touched by such commitment.

“I was also touched by the good spirit and camaraderie amongst the voters as they waited to vote; I was also happy that they were very friendly and did not allow their political differences to tamper with the fact that they all had one destiny.

“Nigerians wanted a change, so Buhari must offer that change. They complained of corruption, insecurity and a slow economy. The new helmsman must address these issues.”

Gowon commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials, especially the Youth Corps members, for ensuring the success of the poll.

He implored Nigerians to keep the spirit so that democratic governance would come of age.

He lauded President Goodluck for his show of sportsmanship by calling to congratulate the winner even before time, describing the step as a very soothing balm that ended all fears and anxieties.

“The President’s gracious congratulation saved Nigeria from violence. That good wish was very timely and saved Nigeria’s democracy,” he said.

“There is no doubt that it set the tone for peace because the situation would have been otherwise if he had remained silent and allowed his supporters to interpret that silence their own way.

“It is something that has never happened in Africa, and definitely not in Nigeria, so we must respect that spirit and challenge other politicians to emulate it.”