The Association of Nigerian Authors, Africa’s largest writers’ body, has congratulated the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on his success at the just concluded 2015 Nigerian presidential elections.
In a press statement by its President, Remi Raji-Oyelade, the association said it had followed the campaign trails of both major candidates – incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and Mr. Buhari with objective detachment, and impartial involvement and prayers for the overall survival of the Nigerian nation.
“The contest, the eventual victory, and the post-election engagement are clearly instructive and symbolic of a nation that has truly arrived at the junction of change,” it said.
“With General Buhari’s victory, it is our belief that more focus shall be given to the development of the creative industry, particularly the official and corporate support of the literary enterprise, including the author, the book and the culture of reading. We hold that the civilisation of national development is only attainable with the actualisation of policies which emphasise and fund the sustenance of education, culture and the arts. As a body, we pledge to contribute in strategic ways towards the achievement of greater progress for our literature and our nation.
“We also congratulate the people of Nigeria for having conducted a peaceful election that has seen the will of the majority of Nigerian people clearly expressed and embraced.
“Our appreciation goes to the outgoing administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who has, in the last year, demonstrated the support of the Government of Nigeria towards the aims and objectives of the Association. May God preserve the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”