Vice President Inonge Wina says Zambia should pick a leaf from the peaceful transition of power in Nigeria ahead of the 2016 General Elections..
The Vice President who attended the inauguration ceremony of Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria says the peaceful manner in which power has been exchanged in Nigeria is a sign that democracy is maturing in Africa.
ZANIS staffer Mathews Musukwa reports from Abuja, Nigeria that Mrs. Wina stressed that as Zambia goes to the polls in 2016, politicians and citizens should conduct themselves peacefully to ensure peaceful election as always.
She said the peaceful transition of power from President Goodluck Jonathan to his successor Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria is a good lesson to the entire continent of Africa to ensure that transition of power is conducted peacefully without either of the parties involved fighting or disagreeing to hand over power.
“This is really an encouragement to the African continent and its governments. I think the whole world is delight that the transition of power has been conducted peacefully and these are signs that Africa is maturing in entrenching democracy on the continent because you remember in the past it was always a challenge whenever the new government took over the reins of power,” Mrs. Wina remarked.
The Vice President said this shortly after witnessing the swearing in of Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria and his Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who is his running mate.
She commended the outgoing president for participating in all the activities at the inauguration ceremony and for handing over the instruments of power to his successor peacefully.
She expressed confidence that the newly inaugurated President will address challenges such as youth unemployment and killings by Boko Haram among others which the people of Nigeria are facing.
And President Muhammadu Buhari said that his government would ensure that the violent religious sect, Boko Haram is totally defeated, while also acknowledging the helping hands offered the country by neighbouring countries such as Chad, Cameroon and Niger in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
President Buhari noted, shortly after his swearing in at the Eagle Square on Friday , that while progress has been made by security forces in the fight against the insurgent group in recent weeks, the fight was far from being over noting much need to be done.
He explained that victory cannot be attained by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja directing that the command Centre would be relocated to Maiduguri and remain there until Boko Haram is completely subdued.
The newly sworn in President further pledged his commitment to rescuing the Chibok Girls who were kidnapped on April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram.
“We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents. Government will do all it can to rescue them alive,” Buhari remarked.
Buhari described Boko Haram as a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of and stated that at the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued his government would commission a sociological study to determine its origins, its sponsors, remote and immediate causes of the movement plus the international connections in order to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of the insurgence.