The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, (retd.), in his farewell speech to Nigerians on Sunday, commended them for electing Bola Tinubu as his successor.
Buhari, in one of his last assignments as a democratically elected President of Nigeria, described Tinubu as the best candidate among all the presidential contestants in the 2023 general elections.
Noting that the election was the most keenly contested presidential election since the First Republic, Buhari said it proved that Nigeria’s democracy was getting better.
However, he urged Nigerians to capitalise on the power of unity by working together in one spirit and purpose.
Buhari said, “As your President, I call on all of us to bring to bear the strength of our individualism, the power of our unity, the convictions of our beliefs to make Nigeria work better and together with one spirit and one purpose.
“To my brother, friend and fellow worker in the political terrain for the past 10 years – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I congratulate you on the realisation of your dream, which was propelled by a burning passion to put Nigeria amongst the leading nations of the world.
“You have indeed worked for this day and God has crowned your efforts. I have no doubt that your passion for excellence, reliance on competence, fairness in relationships, commitment to equity, loyalty to the country and desire for Nigeria to be globally relevant would come through for you, under God’s guidance, as you lead our country to levels higher that I am leaving.
“You are the best candidate among all the contestants and Nigerians have chosen well. The last eight years have been an exciting experience in my desire and commitment to see a Nigeria in which public goods and services are available and accessible within a united, peaceful and secure nation.”