Here are notables and quotables from Pres-elect Muhammad Buhari’s acceptance speech compiled by Olufemi Ajasa:
1.There shall no more be a ruling party; All Progressive Congress(APC), will now be your governing party.
2. You are all my people; I will treat you all as mine. I will work for those who voted for me, voted against me and those who didn’t vote at all.
3. President Jonathan has nothing to fear of me; we might not agree on the same methodology of governance… he is a great Nigerian leader, who made it possible for democracy to thrive.I will extend my hands of fellowship to Jonathan and his team.
4. Our long night is over and a new dawn has come…democracy & rule of law will be put in place.
5. Let us put the recent past behind us and forget our old battles.
6. Along the way there will be success and setbacks; mistakes will be made but we will not take you for granted.
7. You Shall be able to go to bed knowing you are safe…insurgents would soon know the strength of the collective will of Nigerians.
More from his acceptance speech:
Boko Haram ‘will soon know the strength of our collective will
“I assure you that Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace,” he said in the capital, Abuja.
“We shall spare no effort until we defeat terrorism.” The former military ruler gave a snapshot of what his presidency will be like when he is formally inaugurated on May 29, seeking to set aside fears of retribution against his political rivals. He singled out President Goodluck Jonathan, his beaten opponent at the weekend elections, under whose watch Buhari claims that government corruption had reached epic proportions.
“Let me state clearly: President Jonathan has nothing to fear from me. He is a great Nigerian and still our president,” the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader said. Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had raised fears during the campaign that a Buhari presidency would mark a return to the autocratic rule of his military regime in the 1980s.
“Democracy and the rule of law will be established in the land. Let’s put the past behind us, especially the recent past. We must forget our old battles and past grievances and forge ahead.” No-one would be above the law, he said, while democratic freedoms would be guaranteed and the government would work for his supporters, opponents and those who did not vote for him, he said.
“You shall be able to go to bed knowing that you are safe and that your constitutional rights remain in safe hands. You shall be able to voice your opinion without fear of reprisal or victimisation. “You are all my people and I shall treat everyone of you as my own.”