Former Chief of Army Staff retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai says the emergence of President-elect Bola Tinubu reflects the will of Nigerians.
Mr Buratai, former Nigerian ambassador to the Benin Republic and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), congratulated Mr Tinubu in a statement on Monday.
He said the ex-Lagos governor’s victory clearly reflected the people’s will.
Mr Buratai commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the leadership of Mahmood Yakubu for presiding over an election in a country with the largest democracy in the African continent.
“Let me begin by congratulating Nigerian voters who turned out on the 25th of February 2023 to exercise their civic duty and voted en masse Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the APC as our president-elect. It is a clear reflection of the will of the people,” he said.
The former army chief also called on Nigerians to vote for all APC candidates nationwide in the March 18 governorship and state assembly elections.
He stated that the vote of all Nigerians had the power to make a difference and consolidate the wise choice made during the presidential election.
“At this juncture, I say with all sense of responsibility that our collective future is assured under the renewed hope, vision and mission of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. I believe the president-elect is a man of capacity, empathy, vision, and all that it takes to lead Nigeria to the promised land,” Mr Buratai explained.
The former army chief added, “Therefore, I encourage all Nigerians to vote for the APC in the forthcoming governorship elections at the state levels so that the APC can have a majority at all levels. Do not be part of the minority opposition, as we already have the APC at the centre.”
Mr Buratai noted that continuity was achieved at the federal level with the emergence of Mr Tinubu as the president-elect from the APC.
“Therefore, for effective policy implementation, progress’ security and development of our country, also vote APC at the states levels. Nigeria shall be great by the grace of God,” he said.