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I, Nigeria & Nigerians To Buhari (an Open Letter)

By Inyon, Festus-Kator
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Finally Nigerians long walk to freedom has reach an endeared epoch destination. Congratulations to Nigerians, once again history has beckoned on all of us living on earth. I say congratulations to Nigerians because this has been a long desired wish that have been virtually on all our minds poor or rich. Young or old. Christians or Muslims. Igbo, Yoruba Hausa, Fulani, Tiv, Ijaw Igala, Idoma, Ibibio (efik), Ikwere, Urhono Etc. The untold hardship cut across sectionalism. Nigerians demanded for a change of government policies, practices and implementation. A change we unanimously asked for. It's a collective victory and not a Buhari or APC victory.

Please for the purpose of your new task permit Nigerians to address you henceforth as Mr. Muhammadu Okechukwu Oluwaseun Buhari.
For the first time in Nigeria you received wide supports and acceptance across all tribes and religion. This is unprecedented and can only be trace to the frustrations and travails of Nigerians, coupled with your unsullied personality and antecedents. Overwhelmed Nigerians and her well-wishers had these to say;

Jumoke Balogun (U.S) wrote,
..."In this moment, I am encouraged. My countrymen and women have inspired me, and I am grateful."
...Sporadic violence did not deter them. The rain did not deter them. The scorching hot sun did not deter them. The long lines did not deter them. Military intervention and possible intimidation during voting by officers who serve Jonathan did not deter them.
..."As Africa's largest economy, with over 173 million people, Nigeria is a bellwether for the viability of the continent's democracies."
..."This is the first time in Nigeria's fifty-four-year history that an incumbent president has been voted out of office." 31/03/2015 16:09
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John Matu (NG) wrote,
My God and my father I want to thank you because Nigeria won today. The people decided not PDP power or rigging machinery. Not APC sophistication or rigging. One thing I am so sure is that it's only you that could have made all that has happened possible. If I take Benue for example for the first time what the people voted was announced.

My God thank you, we would continue to trust you but I am happy that I spoke my words towards what I believe is best for this country. I was not sure if Buhari will win but I am happy I stood by what I always believed to be true. I refused to be led by bigotry, nepotism and I rejected mediocrity with all that I had within me.

I pray my country continue to win, I pray my peeps and friends see Nigeria soar and I pray that my children and their friends will be proud that they are Nigerians.
via Facebook 31/03/2015 18:03

Danny Alaba (S.A) wrote,
A new beginning, Nigeria. Today, General Muhammadu Buhari becomes Nigeria's president-elect, to be inaugurated on May 29.

Many of us had grown weary of telling our friends the reasons why a giant was hobbled. We need not search for excuses anymore. We have done what was required. Let us all celebrate this day when Nigeria voted in a strong, credible leader.

Yet, let us not pretend that this was not an intensely contested election. As the results show, in some parts, President Jonathan was the favored candidate. Even so, Nigeria is for all of us, even those who did not vote for GMB. Now that he has been elected, he must work to ensure that all parts are included in his efforts to move the country forward. He must represent all of us.

So let us begin to work together for a future we can all be proud of. The first step is ensuring a smooth handover. Let us all encourage our leaders who lost out during this process to put the country above pride and narrow interests. The future we will build has enough for all of us but we must do things as they are meant to be done so that we do not lose time and resources in needless fighting.

So proud of all Nigerians at home and abroad for keeping a constant vigil through this process. So happy to be alive to witness this new beginning. It is our turn it the masses turn Nigerians it is finally our turn...
via Facebook. 31/03/2015 18:03.

Peter Ekong (NG) wrote,
Huge moment for Nigerians as democracy is the greatest winner in this elections, kudos to my incumbent president for showing d spirit of good sportmanship. Congrats Nigeria.
via Facebook 31/03/2015 18:36

Funke Philips (NG) wrote,
President Goodluck Jonathan is a gentleman
Today, I'm a proud Nigerian.
Nice one, GEJ. Nice one.
via Facebook 31/03/2015 18:40

Damian Ashiewua (NG) wrote.
Congratulations 2u His Excellency Right Hon. Gen. M. Buhari on ur well deserved victory in 2015 Nig. Presidential election. Sir, a look at ur profile has strengthen my faith in two ways: PERSISTENCE & NON-COMPROMISE. It is my prayer that u run a successful admi.
via Facebook Culled from Benue-family 31/03/2015 19:37

Mujahid Dokubo-Asari wrote,
I'm not a creation of Jonathan before Jonathan there was asari, after him there will be asari. I'm a friend to any government in power.
via Twitter handle @AsariDokubo 31/03/2015 17:31

Kofi Annan (Geneva) wrote,
This is a historic day for ‪#‎democracy‬ in Nigeria, and indeed a great day for Africa. Full statement at via Facebook 31/03/ 20:30

Mr. President-elect sir, all we are saying is we love our dear country, we are ready and willing to support you to lead us to the Nigeria we have been dreaming of. A Nigeria where all citizens rights are protected and duly undeniably guaranteed. A Nigeria where hard work is celebrated and rewarded. A Nigeria we can proudly call our own and boast to whoever cares to listen. A Nigeria that we can go to sleep with our two eyes close. A Nigeria where foreign investors are not scared to invest in.

It is therefore on these notes that Nigerians, Africans and the international community at large demands that you upheld our mandate. Using it to liberate us (patriotism). Using it to savage our economy. Using it to implement people oriented policies. Using it to protect, defend and restore our pride. Using it to ignite the common man's (average Nigerians) overtime dead belief and trust in government. Using it to unite the most populous African nation. Use it to provide jobs for our teeming youths. Use it to intentionally reverberate our Education, Health, Agriculture, Infrastructure and Power sectors.

We believe in the possibilities of actualizing all aforementioned with your zero tolerance on corruption. We acknowledge that this is not an easy task neither was our long walk to freedom a smooth ride. This is also where we'll discuss your don'ts; Mr. President-elect sir, it is pertinent to reiterate that this is a collective victory, a victory by Nigerians, for Nigerians and of Nigerians above all, a victory for democracy. therefore remember to carry all Nigerians along inspite of party or religious affiliations. It will be good to learn from the downfall of People's Democratic Party. We have an adage that says 'to whom much is given much is required'. We unanimously gave you our votes because you told us 'a better Nigeria is possible and achievable'.

On the 28th March 2015 we were faced with defining and challenging moments, we chosed you in the face of lure and inducements. And today, we celebrate democracy and it's further deep roots in our beloved country Nigeria.
It is on this note that I would like to conclude by saying you should put away all differences and strive towards unity, to build a stronger, peaceful and more joyful Nigeria. It's our fervent prayers that you remain dedicated and committed towards the purpose by which Nigerians opt for you. Bearing in mind that Nigerians and the entire world hopes are high. Martin Luther king Jnr. once said that 'I have a dream that one day my four little children will one day leave in a nation where they will not be judge by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character, I have a dream today'. Nigerians' dreams are at the verge of reality. Chief. Obafemi Awolowo said and i quote 'one day, the best in the progressives, the best in the conservatives will come together to rule this nation'. This indeed has come to pass.

Put succinctly, what the APC is doing now is to rescue Nigeria from the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vultures who have ruled this country for the past 14 years and left us worse off than in 1999. This happened in Great Britain under Prime Minister Winston Churchill, when the conservatives and the social democrats had to work together to save Britain. Ditto India among others.
Culled from 06/01/2014

Nigerians will not forget the immense contributions from and of those who lost (sacrifice) their lives during the struggle, we are going to miss you all (crying), wherever your souls are just know that you didn't die for nothing, (R.I.P). Also to the Living legends General Abdulsalami Abubakar, General Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu (Mr & Mrs), General Muhammadu Okechukwu Oluwaseun Buhari, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Sen. David Elechenu Mark, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Prof. Wale Soyinka, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Sen. Bukola Saraki, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Mr. Rochas Owelle Okorocha, Sen. George Akume, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Cmr. Adams Oshiomhole, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo Mr. Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Prof. Pat Utomi, Mr. Ibikunle Amosun, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, Mr. Festus Keyamo, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, and a host of others. Nigerians are dearly appreciative of the international community (individuals and groups), especially to The Great Britain, United States of America, South Africa, Ghana, Election Observers Missions; United Nations, African Union, European Union, Commonwealth of Nations, ECOWAS, Abuja Peace Accord (conveners), Mr. Barrack Obama, Mr. David Cameron, Mr. John Kerry, Philip Hammond, Amos Sawyer, Bakili Muluzi, John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, Ban Ki-Moon, Santiago Fisas, Jacob Zuma, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Nigerians In Diaspora, International Criminal Court, Cable News Network, Aljazeera, Euro news, Sky news, Channels TV, and other all observers.

we have won.
God bless Nigeria
God bless Nigerians
God bless your tenure
God bless and guide your decisions

Inyon, Festus-Kator
Writer | Activist ([email protected])
Wrote from Uyo.