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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, on Monday, called on the Nigeria’s president-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to be magnanimous in victory.
According to the community parliament, no part of the vast nation must be made to suffer any discrimination or persecution on account of their electoral choices.
The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who gave the charge at the opening of the 2015 1st Ordinary Session of the 3rd Legislature in Abuja, described the development in the country as “one of Nigeria’s finest moments,” saying every effort must be made to consolidate the gains.
“I congratulate the winner, General Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of the ECOWAS Parliament.
I believe Nigeria and indeed the West African sub-region will be the better for it if the winner matches President Jonathan’s sportsmanship in defeat with magnanimity in victory. No part of the vast nation must be made to suffer any discrimination or persecution on account of their electoral choices,” he said.
Ekweremadu also congratulated the President-elect of the Republic of Togo in the April 28 Presidential Election, President Faur Gnassingbe, assuring him of the parliament’s support.
“In the same vein, Honourable colleagues, the Republic of Togo also conducted a successful presidential election on April 28, 2015, which the incumbent, His Excellency, President Faure Gnassingbe won.
“The election was adjudged by local and international observers to be free, fair, and credible. It was also violent free. On your behalf, I wish to also congratulate His Excellency, President Faur Gnassingbe as well as the government and good people of the Republic of Togo for this democratic progress,” he said.
Ekweremadu said the successful elections in Nigeria and Togo have announced to the world that democracy has not only come to stay in West Africa, “but that our democracies have truly come of age.”
“We wish to assure the winners of the Togo and Nigeria presidential elections of the continued partnership and solidarity of the ECOWAS Parliament towards the development of their respective countries and the actualisation of regional integration of West Africa,” the speaker said.