Post-Presidential Election Speech (Nigeria General Elections)



Dear Patriots!

Consequent to the announcement of results by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, wherein the popular wishes of Nigerians were affirmed, after a keenly contested Presidential Election, the African Youth for Development Commission (AYDEC-Nigeria) and International Youth Society (IYS-Nigeria) hereby congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, as he was declared winner and returned elected.

Today is significant to us as Nigerians, especially as the presidential election was concluded peacefully.

It is imperative on us as true citizens of our dear country, Nigeria, and representatives of a chunk of the largest population, the youth, to congratulate and felicitate with His Excellency, the President, Grand Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President-Elect of the federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.

On behalf of the National Consortium, the Headquarters, State Structures, Civil Society Clusters, Youth Ambassadors, Student Ambassadors and entire members of AYDEC and IYS in Nigeria, we heartily rejoice and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on the landslide victory in the Presidential Election, held on Saturday, February 23, 2019. This is a symbolic confirmation of his significant acceptance amongst the Nigerian electorates, an attestation of progressive impact of the Federal Government in  the past four years and indeed another call to dedicated service towards discerning the yearnings and concerns of Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora for better expectations.

More importantly, it's a victory beyond Nigeria; it is for us as Africans. Entrenching the ideals of good governance and democratic values as acceded to by the African Union (AU) Member States is key; and the just concluded presidential election is a testification to this.

Consequently, we applaud the level playing ground created for all political parties and more importantly the main opposition's stance to challenge the election outcome via judicial means. This democratic culture and Violence-Free approach is a welcome development and resonates that African countries are coming of age.

We are aware that Nigerians' hope and expectations are high; and there are open doors for improvement on the previous administration (the last four years).

Therefore, we hereby implore the newly elected, President Muhammadu Buhari, to step up strategies and utilize this monumental mandate endowed on him by Nigerians to create job opportunities, tackle insecurity, advance the Anti-Corruption Crusade, ultimately boost the economy and further create enabling and sustainable societal ideals in line with the best global practices for the masses to thrive happily.

We passionately hope that this 'our call' resonates the yearnings of an average Nigerian.

Moreso, we strongly believe that the Electoral Umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the good people of Nigeria had today sent a positive signal to entire Africa and the world at large that Elections in the country and the continent could be better conducted in the years ahead.

Painfully and in strong terms, we condemn the violence that greeted elections in a few areas across the country which claimed lives and even destruction of edifices. We implore young people and Nigerians alike to eschew violence, as this has never proved to be a panacea to our political anomalous.

However, the just concluded presidential election was greeted with mixed reactions across board and had been adjudged free, fair and transparent by notable Foreign and Local Observers. We wish to also state that there still exist vacuums which call for serious electoral reforms in order to avert irregularities and insecurities in subsequent elections.

Notably, the African Youth for Development Commission (AYDEC) keenly observed the election through our team of Observers/Monitors in designated units across the Country. The reports reaching us show that the election was relatively peaceful, credible, transparent, with lots of areas to improve on.

We also use this medium to sincerely appreciate the Nigeria Armed Forces and other security agencies for ensuring a peaceful and security-friendly atmosphere before, during and after the polls, despite pockets of threats, violence and thuggery disturbance in few States. We implore the Security agencies to improve on this; so as to increase our hope and positivism in the security of lives and properties in our dear Nation. It would be recalled that there had been pockets of security threats and agitations in Nigeria prior to the Presidential Election.

To the good people of Nigeria and all candidates, we say: you won. You all are victorious. You've all put Nigeria in the history of hope and positiveness on election matters viz-a-viz your peaceful conduct and political maturity.

Once again, accept our felicitation and congratulations on behalf of the entire Nigerian Youths.

Nigerians have surely decided.

Congratulations to our growing Democracy!

Congratulations to the good people of Nigeria!!

Congratulations to man of the people, President Muhammadu Buhari!!!

#For: #AYDEC and #IYSNigeria

Lateef Oladimeji Salaam

Country Representative,

African Youth for Development Commission (AYDEC) Nigeria


Country Director,

International Youth Society (IYS) Nigeria


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