President Edgar Lungu has congratulated the newly elected President of Nigeria Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and has pledged Zambia’s full support to the Nigerian democratic dispensation and the attendant quest for peace upon which the development of every nation is premised.
This is contained in a statement released in Shanghai by his Amos Chanda, his special assistant for press.
In letters to the outgoing President, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, and President-elect Buhari, President Lungu commended the two leaders for the magnanimous spirit of respecting the will of the people unconditionally.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous and largest economy and therefore its leaders have a responsibility not just to their own country but Africa at large. “It is Zambia’s sincere hope that under President’s Buhari’s tried leadership, Nigeria’s fate and destiny will be in safe and competent hands and that President Buhari will provide the necessary leadership for the resourceful and great Nigerian people to overcome the daunting challenges the country faces,” President Lungu said.
“In order to ensure that Nigeria remains Africa’s greatest hope for the continent to take its rightful place amongst the nations of the world, the new leadership in Nigeria must work together with all legitimate stakeholders to unite the country and ensure a peaceful transition takes place.”
In the final analysis, democracy entails that those who offer themselves before a people’s verdict, should always invariably be prepared to accept the results of an election.
“It in this respect that as Zambia congratulates President Buhari for his resounding victory, we correspondingly commend the magnanimous act by President Jonathan of graciously accepting the will of the people. This will indeed go a long way in consolidating democracy in Nigeria and help to heal the nation,” the President said.
The Head of State assured President Buhari that Zambia stands ready to help Nigeria at both bilateral and multilateral platforms. Zambia has had a good experience of successfully managing power transitions in the last 20 years.
“My Dear Brother, count of me and my Government as you undertake this onerous task of leading your great nation at a time of mammoth challenges that attend Nigeria at the moment. I am convinced your victory affirms the viability of the Nigerian democratic enterprise. The collective will of the people who have entrusted you with the mandate will energise your resolve to move Nigeria to greater heights.”