He also assured Nigerians that Jonathan has
“nothing to fear” after losing power.
Former military ruler spoke after receiving the Certificate of Return as the president-elect, from the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The current head of the country received international commend on Tuesday, March 31, after conceding defeat and calling opposition leader to congratulate him even before the official announcement of poll results by the electoral commission.
In his concession speech the incumbent president said he kept his pledge of credible and peaceful polls, and confirmed his seriousness not to plunge the nation into murder over his political bid.
Buhari in what seemed a direct answer to the president’s move, said the nation should put behind the turbulence of electioneering and evaluate the “change” his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) promises.
The opposition leader said he holds no grievance against anyone, comprising members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Jonathan’s team.
Buhari said: “But despite the rancour of the elections, I extend a hand of friendship and conciliation to President Jonathan and his team. I hereby wish to state that I harbour no ill will against anyone.
“Let me state clearly that President Jonathan has nothing to fear from me. Although we may not agree on the methods of governing the nation, he is a great Nigerian and still our president.”
The former military ruler said President Jonathan earns the support and “permanent respect” of all Nigerians by merit of the government he has held.
“This is how an honourable nation treats its servants and conducts its affairs; and this is how Nigeria should be,” he said, adding that he will meet with the president for both sides to work out a smooth transition,” president elect added.
General Buhari said the nation should put the past, particularly the recent, behind, but must not forget to learn from “old battles and past grievances—and learn to forge ahead”.
He stated that he has also put behind the controversy over his academic eligibility for the poll.