The National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, and Arch Bishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, on Tuesday congratulated the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on his election.
CAN president in a statement in Abuja stressed the need for harmony between Christians and Muslims in the quest for a prosperous Nigeria.
He also saluted Nigerians for a peaceful election and prayed for a prosperous future for the country.
Oritsejafor also praised President Goodluck Jonathan for exhibiting good sportsmanship in conceding to the president-elect.
Also, the Arch Bishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, said losers should learn to accept defeat and the winners should not use this opportunity to oppress the losers.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Onaiyekan also advised politicians to learn a lesson that a political content must have winners and losers.
The cleric added that winners should not use the opportunity to oppress the losers, adding that Nigeria would remain one, whether Nigerians liked it or not.
”Nigerians should take a queue and learn a lesson that a political contest must have winners and losers”, he said.
Onaiyekan, a member of the National Peace Committee, said the committee visited the State House to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan for his “statesmanship” at the just-concluded election.
The committee also congratulated Jonathan for his good conduct and for conceding defeat.
”I am in the company of other members of the National Peace Committee; we went to greet and to thank Jonathan for conducting free, fair and acceptable elections. We also congratulated him for the conduct free, fair elections, the security and for conceding defeat”, Onaiyekan said.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), North East Zone, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat to General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The North East Zonal Chairman of the association, Rev. Shuaibu Byel, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi.
“I was so elated when I learnt that President Jonathan accepted defeat and went on to congratulate General Buhari for winning the presidential election.
“This action demonstrates that Goodluck Jonathna is a true politician and a man of peace”, Byel said.
He urged all politicians who contested and lost in the election to emulate Jonathan’s spirit of sportsmanship.
The chairman congratulated Buhari for winning the election and urged him to carry everybody along irrespective of political, religious and ethnic differences.
He equally urged the new president to fulfill his campaign promises so as to meet the aspiration of the people. (NAN)
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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