President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday morning described his re-election as humbling.
Buhari, who was the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate defeated his main rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the election held on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
The Nigerian leader polled 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku got 11,262,978 votes.
Buhari reacted to his re-election at the campaign secretariat of his party, thanking Nigerians for giving him another four-year mandate.
He stressed that he would continue to run an all-inclusive government, as he said his victory was a validation of the support of the Nigerian people.
”I am deeply humbled that you found me worthy of continuing to serve you,” the 76-year-old leader of the most populous country in Africa said.
He also thanked the party’s bigwigs and members including Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of his party; Rotimi Amaechi, Director-General of the APC Campaign Council; and Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the party, among others.
Read full speech below:
First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.
I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.
In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.
My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.
I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.
Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.
I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.
I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.
I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.
We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.
The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.
I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.