IBB, UK, France, US congratulate Tinubu
FORMER Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd.) has congratulated president-elect,Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his election as Nigeria’s next president.
IBB sent his congratulation in a statement issued in Abuja by his media officer, Abdulrauf Idris, yesterday.
Calling on losers to join hands with the winner, Tinubu, in the business of repairing the nation, IBB also commended Nigerians for going out en masse to exercise their voting rights in Saturday’s presidential election and lauded Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for midwifing an election, which he said would lead to a new Nigeria.
According to him, the work of nation building requires that all hands must be on deck.
“This is a bright moment for Nigeria; we have to take our destiny in our hands and make things work for us as a nation. We cannot continue to do things the same way, and I believe that God will make things work for this country again,” he explained.
Also, United Kingdom Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has congratulated Nigeria’s president-elect, Bola Tinubu on his victory at the 2023 presidential election.
“Congratulations to Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his victory in Nigeria. The UK-Nigeria relationship remains strong. I look forward to working together to grow our security and trade ties, opening up opportunities for businesses and creating prosperity in both our countries,”Sunak tweeted yesterday.
Similarly, President Emmanuel Macron of France has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on his electoral victory in the February 25 election.
Tinubu disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen after presenting his Certificate of Return to President Muhammadu Buhari in his country home, Daura, Katsina State, yesterday night.
“Oh very many, many of that, in fact as far as Europe, the stock market reacted positively well, there was a goodwill message from Macron, the President of France,”Tinubu said.
In a related development, United States has congratulated Nigeria on the election of ruling party presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, while calling for calm amid accusations of voter fraud and concerns over technical glitches.
A release issued by US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said “the United States congratulates the people of Nigeria, president-elect, Tinubu and all the political leaders. This competitive election represents a new period for Nigerian politics and democracy.”
On his mission to Daura, the president-elect said, “I came to present the certificate of return to him (Buhari) as the party leader and commend his efforts in supporting democracy in Africa. This is the largest democracy in Africa and he couldn’t have done any better. We are lucky there is no incident, there is no accident, and no matter how provocative a defeat is, we still have to tolerate it because we are democrats and we are trying to build a nation.”
It will be recalled that a total of 18 presidential candidates contested the election held across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Saturday.