The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has asked Nigerians to forget about the pains, disappointment and agony that trailed the just concluded 2023 general election. He also admonished them to create ample time for healing.
His appeal comes at a time when many aggrieved politicians and their supporters are nursing their wounds from an election marred by reports of massive rigging, voter intimidation and violence.
In a statement titled ‘Elections Are Over, the Healing process must begin’, Tinubu called for calm noting that elections should be a celebration of the nation’s maturing democracy and freedom of choice, not a moment of grief.
Tinubu appeals to Nigerians to rise above their difference
Tinubu said, “My appeal is for us to rise above our differences, which, in reality, are fewer than the valued strings that bind us together as a people irrespective of the circumstances of our births.” He attested to the strength of Nigeria’s diversity and togetherness as the former governor of Lagos. Tinubu hinted that he intends to bring the spirit of inclusiveness into national governance to enable Nigerians to achieve their full potential.
The President-elect promised to “give priority to expanding the civic space and safeguarding citizens’ freedom to exercise their rights within the bounds of the law.” He said, “the elections are over and the time for leadership and governance is now upon us.”
He charged newly elected leaders to take urgent steps to unite the people irrespective of their choice at the polls. Asiwaju said, “We must champion the healing process by embracing the opponents and their supporters. As I have stated previously, the time for politicking is gone. This is time for nation-building, a task beyond one individual or a section of society. We need every hand from wherever it may come to be on deck.”
Expressing a willingness to work with Nigerians as President, Tinubu promised to be a partner worthy of the nation’s trust.
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