Japan, Spain, NMA, TUC, NECA, Etiaba greet Buhari

Japanese Foreign Minister Mr. Fumio Kishida, the Spanish government,  the nation’s trade union bodies and others have congratulated Nigerians and the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, for the peaceful conduct of the presidential election.

Kishida said his country welcomes the fact that many citizens participated in the election.

He urged all political actors to come together to promote democracy and economic development.

Also, the Spanish government, in its congratulatory message, also applauded the citizens for their civic comportment during the elections, stressing that the “elections in Nigeria will contribute to regional security, development and prosperity; democratic change will serve as example to other countries of the region, where, in the course of the year, elections might also be held.”

Also yesterday,  the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the  Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA have also congratulated the President-elect, Gen. Buhari on his victory.

NMA president Dr. Kayode Obembe, in a statement, pledged the association’s support to the in-coming government towards the efforts of building a better health sector.

He noted that “NMA as the custodians of the people’s health believes that a healthy nation is reflected in the health of her citizenry in both the primary, secondary and tertiary health sectors”.

TUC President Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, in a statement, said the result of the election showed that Nigerians have decided, adding that the election was free and fair.

“This serves as an eye opener to all political gladiators.

“It is a pointer that Nigerians want a change and went out to cast their votes for a new government that they believed in.”

The TUC president, however, advised the incoming government to take the issues of workers seriously.

NECA implored the president-elect to ensure the creation of an enabling environment that will position the private sector as the engine of growth.

Its President, Mr. Larry Ettah, who spoke in Lagos, said liberalisation, promotion of free enterprise and privatisation of state- owned businesses will go a long way in fast-tracking the development of the economy.

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) also congratulated the President-elect.

PFN National President Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, in a statement in Benin City, said: “The PFN shares in your aspiration to move Nigeria forward and hope that with the support of Nigerians, we can together build a strong, virile and united nation where no one is oppressed.

“We trust the Almighty God that He will graciously grant you the wisdom and all you require to make the dreams of all Nigerians come true”, the PFN President stated.

Rev. Dr. Omobude also praised President Goodluck Jonathan for providing an enabling environment for the peaceful conduct of the March 28, 2015, presidential election.

Former Anambra State Governor Dame Virgy Etiaba also thanked Nigerians for their resilience while congratulating Gen. Buhari on his victory.

She also gave kudos to Jonathan for his statesmanly posture.

“By his action in congratulating Gen. Buhari, Nigerians, who would have taken to the streets to cause mayhem have been properly advised,” she said.

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