Buhari’s victory has shamed doomsayers, says Gowon
Written by Taiwo Adediran on April 6, 2015
Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, said the peaceful conduct of March 28 Presidential poll won by Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), has shamed doomsayers’ perception that Nigeria will break up in 2015.
“No one will ever repeat that wild and arrogant prediction that Nigeria will go under; those doomsayers have been shamed and Nigeria will grow from strength to strength,” Gowon told the News Agency of Nigeria, in Jos on Monday.
While recalling the prediction that the country would disintegrate in 2015, Gowon declared that those that made the prediction did not reckon with Nigeria’s ability to solve its problems.
“The nation has always had the mechanism to tackle its concerns and this election and its peaceful outcome have proved that a united and focused nation would always survive and move toward greatness,” he said.
The former Head of State expressed happiness that the polls were adjudged free and fair by local and international observers, and commended the patience and resilience of the voters, who defied rain and the scorching sun to cast their votes.
“During the elections, I visited polling units in Asokoro, Karu, Nyanya, Maitama and Wuse. The people came early, and in many cases, waited for INEC officials that came late. I was touched by such commitment.
“I was also touched by the good spirit and camaraderie amongst the voters as they waited to vote. I was also happy that they were very friendly and did not allow their political differences to tamper with the fact that they all had one destiny,” he said.
Gowon also commended INEC officials, especially the NYSC members, for insisting on doing the right thing, and urged Nigerians to keep that spirit so that democratic governance would mature in the country.