— Describes Tinubu As Best Choice
By:Abubakar S. H
As President Muhammadu Buhari set to leaves office tomorrow, in his Farewell broadcast, he has apologized to Nigerians over some of the difficult policies made which brought hardship and sufferings to people.
This president has expressed grief that his administration was unable to rescue some children still in captivity even as he said that he mourned with parents, friends and relatives of all those that lost loved ones.
These messages were contained in the President’s farewell speech to Nigerians as he bowed out of office tomorrow, after completing eight years in charge of the affairs of the country.
President Buhari described the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the February 25 elections and President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the best candidate in the election.
Buhari tendered his apology over policies that brought hardships to Nigerians, said, “In the course of revamping the economy, we made some difficult policies, most of which yielded the desired results. Some of the measures led to temporary pain and suffering for which I sincerely apologised to nigerians, but the measures were taken for the over-all interest and good of the country.
“Our battle to ensure that all Nigerians live in a safe and secure environment has achieved considerable results. As I complete my term in office, we have been able to reduce the incidences of banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other criminal activities considerably.
“As I retire home to Daura, Katsina State, I feel fulfilled that we have started the Nigeria Re-Birth by taking the initial critical steps and I am convinced the in-coming administration will quicken the pace of this walk to see a Nigeria that fulfils its destiny to be a great nation.
He said the address was his last assignment as a democratically elected President of the great and well-endowed nation, with a deep sense of gratitude to God, a great deal of appreciation to the Nigerian people and a modest sense of fulfilment.
He said, “Today we mark and celebrate another peaceful transition of power from one elected government to another in our steady march to improve and sustain Nigeria’s democracy.
“This year we witnessed the most keenly contested Presidential Elections since the first Republic and this demonstrates that our democracy is getting better and more entrenched with each election.
“Our democracy provides for, allows and encourages seeking redress for perceived injustices, enabling some candidates and political parties that did not agree with the results to go to court.
“Irrespective of the outcome of the various cases, I urge all parties involved to accept the decision of our courts and join hands to build a better Nigeria.
“I salute the doggedness and resilience of all the Presidential Candidates and their political parties for believing in our judicial system by taking their grievances with the election results to court.
“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 ten years – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu -, I congratulate you on the realisation of your dream, which was propelled by a 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.