Obama congratulates Buhari, commends Jonathan, INEC

The US President, Barrack Obama, has congratulated Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President-elect, who emerged victorious in the just concluded presidential election.

In a statement issued by the White House, Wednesday, Mr. Obama also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for conducting a peaceful election.

“The last few days have shown the world the strength of Nigeria’s commitment to democratic principles,” Mr. Obama said.

“By turning out in large numbers and sometimes waiting all day to cast their votes, Nigerians came together to decide the future of their country peacefully.

“I commend President Goodluck Jonathan and President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari for their public commitments to non-violence throughout the campaign. President Jonathan has placed his country’s interests first by conceding the election and congratulating President-Elect Buhari on his victory.

“I look forward to working with President Jonathan throughout the remainder of his term, and I thank him for his many years of service and his statesmanlike conduct at this critical juncture. I urge President-Elect Buhari and President Jonathan to repeat their calls to their supporters to continue to respect the election outcomes, focus on unifying the country, and together lead Nigeria through a peaceful transition.

Mr. Obama said that the INEC and its Chairman, Attahiru Jega, deserves special recognition for what independent international observers had deemed a largely peaceful and orderly vote.

“I commend INEC for its extensive efforts to increase the credibility and transparency of the electoral process,” he said.

“Looking ahead to the gubernatorial elections on April 11, it is imperative that national attention turn to ensuring isolated logistical challenges are overcome and peace is protected, even in the most hotly contested races.

“On behalf of the American people, I extend congratulations to the people of Nigeria and to President-Elect Buhari and look forward to continuing to work with the newly-elected government on our many shared priorities.”


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  • Brandon Landry

    Thank you President Obama. This transition would have been nigh impossible without your input. This is an example of how America should lead the World from the front. Being an American and an African just like you sir, I am exceptionally heartened and proud of America leveraging its power for good in the world. Once again, thank you President Obama!

  • King Carlos

    i just can’t thank Obama enough, Unied States and UK really stood by us..may God bless their countries too.

    • Mosaku 147

      King Carlos,where have you been in the last 48hours? thanks for you support.may the good Lord reward you abundantly.

  • tundemash

    Thanks President Obama by standing by the people of Nigeria and your timely warnings to anti-PVC, anti-card-reader, interim govt. proponents are appreciated !!!

  • Bassey Eniang

    I join the President elect, General Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerians in thanking President Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, the European Union leaders and others who stood firmly by us, the voters and facilitated the defence of our votes! I urge that the international community continue to support us (voters) up to and after the April 11 2015 elections as the “spoilers” and manipulators are still around! There have been reports of serious manipulation of the results of the election of March 28, 2015 from Akwa lbom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Enugu States. Given the repeated declaration by the President elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari that his Government will have “zero tolerance for corruption and impunity”, l urge the international community, President Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron and EU Leaders to further assist him to ensure that voters and their respective candidates get justice, promptly.

  • Guguru

    Obama, thank you. Thank you for standing with Nigeria through thick and thin.

  • Dimeji

    Mr Aribisala writes brilliantly and he’s well read and very eloquent but he lacks knowledge and wisdom in all his spheres of life, be it politics or religion reasoning, he’s very myopic. Pls kindly send in a valid address let me help you out with some literatures of life.

  • Tunde Babs

    Just like most Pentecostal Christians, Femi ignores direct and clear evidences in the Bible some of which are direct statements of Jesus Christ in which he distinguished himself from God. They clearly ignores Christ in favour of the teachings by Paul who never met Christ and even by Femi’s own past writings was an impostor.

    This is what the Bible says: (4) “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God the LORD is ONE (5) ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all strength (6) “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. (7) ‘You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. (8)” You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (9) “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gate’. (Deut. 6 v4- 9)RSV. Moses emphatically confirmed that there is only ONE God.

    Jesus in his own teachings Said: (28) ‘And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, which is the first commandment of all? (29) And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is ONE Lord: (30) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment”. (Mark 12 v. 28 – 30)KJV.

    Even more: ‘And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the ONLY true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast SENT”. (John 17 v. 3)KJV.

    Matthew 24:36
    No one knows about that day or hour, not even the Son, but the Father only.
    Here Jesus makes a distinction between what he knows and what the Father knows.

    Matthew 26:39
    My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me, yet not as I will, but as Thou will.
    Jesus’ will is likewise autonomous from God’s Will. Jesus is seeking acquiescence to God’s will.

    John 5:26
    For as the Father has life in Himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.
    Jesus received his life from God. God received his life from no one. He is eternally self-existent.

    John 5:30
    By myself, I can do nothing: I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who has sent me.

    Jesus says, “by myself, I can do nothing.” This indicates that Jesus is relying upon his own relationship with God. He is not trying to “please myself” but rather is seeking to “please the one who sent me.”

    John 5:19
    The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees the Father doing, because whatever the Father does, the Son does also.
    Jesus declares that he is following a pattern laid down by God. He is expressing obedience to God.

    Mark 10:18
    Why do you call me good? No one is good, except God alone.
    Here Jesus emphatically makes a distinction between himself and God.

    John 14:28
    The Father is greater than I.
    This is another strong statement that makes a distinction between Jesus and God.

    Matthew 6:9
    Our Father, which art in Heaven.
    He didn’t pray, Our Father, which art standing right here!”

    Matthew 27:46
    My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?
    Inconceivable if he is God the Creator.

    John 17:21-23
    . . .that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. . ..that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.
    In this prayer Jesus defines the term “to be one.” It is clearly accomplished through the relationship of two autonomous beings. Christian believers are to model their relationship (to become one) after the relationship of God and Christ (as God and Christ are one). Notice that “to be one” does not mean to be “one and the same.”

    Even Apostle Paul In his fluctuations as evident in many of his teachings also testified to this: “For there is ONE God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the MAN Christ Jesus’ (1 Tim. 2 v.5).

    Other Biblical Verses That Indicate Jesus Is Not God The Creator
    1 Corinthians 15:27-28
    For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
    Paul declares that God put everything under Christ, except God himself. Instead God rules all things through Christ. (remember: “through him all things were made.”)

    Hebrews 1:3
    The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.
    Jesus is the exact representation of his being. I send my representative to Congress. He is not me, myself. He is my representative.

    Hebrews 4:15 (compared with James 1:13)
    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin.
    Jesus has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet he never sinned. See

    James 1:13: When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt.
    Jesus was tempted in every way, but God cannot be tempted. This is why Jesus said, “don’t call me good, none are good, only God.”

    Hebrews 5:7-9
    During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him
    Jesus had to walk a course of faith and obedience in order to achieve perfection. By achieving perfection, Jesus “became” the source of eternal salvation

    How could anyone blasphemously then say Jesus is the same God of the Old Testament.

  • NotTooComplicated

    One question has been in my mind for long, I believe I should ask it here. From the reading of the scriptures and so forth, I have come to understand that God is getting really old, and as a king, he should soon hand over the ruling of his kingdom to his adult son. The question is this, will the hand over be democratic?

  • NotTooComplicated

    Is Authoritarianism favoured by God? Will the monarchical system that has come of age, and which was mainly the system of government during the periods the bible was written still continue when christians and religious people die, or will it change?

  • NotTooComplicated

    When God dies or goes into retirement and his only son took over, what will the son’s reign be like? Will it always be predictable? This question is not because of fear of the future, but because of lack of clarity in these religious booked fed into the minds of Nigerians.

  • Tunde Babs

    PT removed my comments because I exposed the unreasonable basis upon which this Femi’s article was based. I exposed the parallel stand of the article to the teachings of Christ. Thank God I actually sent a copy of it to Uncle Femi Aribisala himself. Freedoms of speech my foot!