Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has described the triumph of the All Progressives Congress, APC president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as a victory for the people and not for his person alone.
In a congratulatory message to Buhari, which was signed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, yesterday in Abuja, the union admitted that the election was keenly contested by two competent and qualified candidates.
The NLC said that, “We strongly believe that the election of Buhari has undoubtedly opened a new and important chapter in the socio-political development of our nation, as we have finally broken the jinx of transiting from one democratically elected civilian government controlled by a ruling party to one controlled by an opposition party.
“We also commend the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for not only organising an election adjudged to be credible and fair, but also for promptly accepting its outcome even though he lost. This is statesmanship and is in keeping with his oft-quoted phrase that his election into the office of President is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.”
The NLC President also urged supporters of the President and those close to him to follow his part in accepting defeat, and also joining hands with the president-elect to develop policies and programmes that will move Nigeria forward.
Wabba promised to work harmoniously with the incoming government to redefine the face of democracy in Nigeria, especially with regards to the welfare and working condition of the average Nigerian worker.
Also, NLC General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson and Trade Union Congress, TUC, President, Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, congratulated Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the just concluded elections.
They urged Buhari to endeavour to unite Nigerians irrespective of religion, tribe and political affiliations.
“We are happy that generally, the election was free, fair and devoid of the anticipated violence. We observed that the process has improved from the previous elections held in this country. We are highly impressed and use this medium to say kudos to INEC. We salute the courage and resilience of Nigerians irrespective of creed or religion,’’ Ozo-Eson said.
On his part, the TUC President said that the result of the just-concluded election showed that Nigerians have decided and that TUC believed 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”.
He, however, advised the incoming government to take the issues of workers seriously.
“You must address issues that concern the masses, in terms of unemployment, infrastructure, education, agriculture, and healthcare, among others. This is the only way that Nigerians will be happy with the ruling government and if you perform below average, you can be voted out in the next election,” Kaigama said.

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