Senator Gbemisola Rukayyah Saraki has said the victory of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in last Saturday’s presidential election has put paid to the prediction that Nigeria will disintegrate in 2015 just as she commended Nigerians for ensuring “the country’s arguably most credible elections in history”.
Ms. Saraki also charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ahead of next Saturday’s governorship and State House of Assembly elections, ensure that “administrative lapses identified in the last elections are corrected. The security agencies are also advised to continue to be non-partisan and professional in carrying out their duties”.
She gave the charge in a press statement issued by her media aide, Comrade Abdulkareem Alabi in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The statement read: “These elections and the maturity that played out between the two camps has effectively put paid to prediction that Nigeria might disintegrate this year. Against apprehensions, the elections have turned out to be a rebirth of our destiny as against the fear of our apocalypse.
“In its infamous 17-page discussion paper entitled: ‘Mapping Sub-Saharan Africa’s Future’, a United State Security Think Tank, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) had, in 2009, predicted that our country might disintegrate.
“But in the face of daunting challenges, Nigeria has proudly proved its worth to the world as a nation of prized values. Yet again, we have proven to be a beacon of hope for the African continent. It is heartwarming that Nigeria has gained a renewed global respect for conducting its most credible elections in history.
“Nigerians must also note importantly that the change that we all yearn for starts with us. All Nigerians, and not President Buhari or the All Progressives Congress (APC) alone must key into the change spirit by being better ambassadors of the country wherever we find ourselves”.
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