UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL CONGRATULATES NIGERIA’S PRESIDENT-ELECT BUHARI

 

Considering the final results of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria announced on 31st March, 2015. United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon is reported to have phoned President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him, and called on all Nigerians to just accept the result of the elections.

 

The Secretary-General who also spoke with President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan commended him for his leadership throughout the electoral process and his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process, from his office in New York.

 

“The Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls is a testament to the maturity of Nigeria’s democracy,” a UNSG Office statement added.

 

Mr. Ban also thanked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for organizing and carrying out the elections in a professional manner under challenging circumstances. He also appealed to the Nigerian people to address any complaints they may have through existing legal and constitutional channels.

 

The UN chief also said that he hoped the same democratic spirit will prevail in the conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections on 11 April.