Saturday, 30 May 2015
Tinubu: Nigerians Are Heroes of Democracy.
By Jaiyeola Andrews in Abuja
Following the presidential election that ushered in a new government, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, last night said Nigerians who voted out the incumbent government were the heroes of true democracy.
Tinubu spoke during the Presidendial Inauguration Gala Night at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the electorate shunned all monetary inducement aimed at buying their votes and conscience during the election.
"Despite heavy inducement to move otherwise, the people were not induced or intimidated. The people voted for their better destiny at last election. The average Nigerian, decent, hardworking, unseen and anonymous, they voted.
"They are the heroes of this glorious moment. Without their faith in democracy and belief in a better future, this election would not have been had and we will not be celebrating the inauguration of a new president tonight.
"Congratulations to millions of Nigerians at home and abroad. Congratulations to Africa, Nigeria is ready to lead. Today we celebrate; tomorrow we will turn our energy ... and our polity to the task at hand, giving better life for the people and our beloved country.
"A new era is upon us; all here are blessed by the hand of great providence to witness the awakening of our nation. This noble moment will endure for long after we have expired. A new president has been inaugurated, a new government established and a commitment to build a new Nigeria has been consecrated and ... of our people.
"We celebrate the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari. In him, we have a leader who is principled, bold, determined, passionate and determined to lead. He is like those leaders who have led their nations to greatness in time past. We celebrate because his election was a testament to the path of human decency and sovereignty of the people ... of power."
"We celebrate Nigeria's friends from Africa and around the world joining us today. Your presence is an expression of goodwill that shall never be forgotten.
"Your presence underscores for us the importance that Nigeria holds in the community of nations. That we have accomplished a peaceful transition of administration from one different political party, that is an historical landmark" the APC national leader added
He urged Nigerians to pray for the success of President Muhammadu buhari and his government.
"They come into power at a difficult moment and we grapple with multiple of challenges. we will be there for you and with you, Mr. President. May his administration take the first mighty step in reconstructing a new and better Nigeria for all our people. May he begin to lay the foundation for a better house for all of us. Faith now ushers in a period of light and revival that will guide us to the upper road and a higher purpose. We thank God for this chance, for it was not guaranteed by our labour or by our effort. But it comes from the power of God Almighty.
"General Muhammadu Buhari and other African head of state here. From one programme to the other, the African renaissance must start with him. The challenge is yours. We that are looking up to you will continue to do so with great commitment and perseverance and all sense of value that Africans must build Africa to show that Africans can compete, Nigeria must lead. We dare not squander this good thing given to us," Tinubu asserted.
Buhari, at the occasion, thanked African and world leaders that came to Nigeria to witness the inauguration of the new government.
He also urged for more prayers from Nigerians in order to succeed in office.
According to him, one of the quickest ways to boost the Nigerian economy is through agriculture and mining.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Chairman of APC, John Oyegun and former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva, also gave glory to God for the new dawn