The president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday met with Tunde Thompson, one of the journalists jailed for violating Decree 4 in 1984 when Buhari was a military head of state.
Buhari met with him when he held a meeting with members of his media team and social media influencers at Defence House, Abuja.
The president-elect cracked jokes with Thompson and praised him for rising above his jail experience to forgive and support his presidential bid.
He reminded Thompson, who is a member of his media team, that what happened under his military regime was one of the challenges of that period.
Buhari also applauded his campaign media team led by Mallam Shehu Garba for running “a very decent media campaign despite the hate campaigns mounted against him by the Peoples Democratic Party.”
He added, “I want to commend you especially for two things. First, is the decent media campaign you conducted despite the PDP’s dirty tactics, you stayed focused on issues and avoided the temptation to sling mud.”
The president-elect particularly commended Garba for providing leadership that led to the success of his team.
He said, “I thank you for your uncommon motivation to do the work. Despite the lean budget on which we ran our campaign, you did not allow the lack of adequate remuneration to stall the work at any point in time. You continued to give your best.”
The president-elect also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission for deploying technology in the conduct of the last election.
“We must commend Nigerians who believe in our message of change and INEC for introducing Card Readers and PVC. All elected leaders will now know that the voter is the king. Nigerians now have more faith in our elections because their votes will count. If not for PVC and Card Readers the PDP as usual would have written the results and asked losers to go to court. How can people who are struggling to survive go to Court and get money to pay the SANs of this world. We must thank God for the success of this election,” he said.
Meanwhile, the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed concerns about the dilapidated economy of the country with just 24 days to his inauguration.