The election was peaceful, we hope to perform better in future – Buhari spills
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his satisfaction with the conduct of the general elections, while acknowledging that lessons were learned.
In a statement released by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari addressed the Commonwealth Leaders Summit in London on Friday, stating that he was pleased with the polls based on the turnout of voters and the generally peaceful atmosphere under which it took place.
The summit was a part of the major events leading to the coronation of His Majesty, King Charles III, as King of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Commonwealth, with a theme that focused on the future of the Commonwealth as a body and the role of the youth.
President Buhari added that the election showed that a government can be elected peacefully and fairly, and that the country learned lessons which would make for better coordination.
The Nigerian leader’s remarks at the summit came after the presidential election on 2023, in which Tinubu emerged victorious.
Buhari said: “These elections saw a remarkable turnout of voters and proof that Nigeria’s democracy is maturing.
“Despite some pockets of violence, we have demonstrated that a government can be elected peacefully and fairly.
“Lessons have been learnt and moving forward, we hope to perform even better.
”Based on this, I am delighted to note that we have taken another step towards deepening our democracy with peaceful, transparent and credible outcomes.
”Though we are aware that challenges still exist, we are committed to working towards a greater participation of all Nigerians in the democratic process, including those in the diaspora.”
He thanked the Commonwealth for sending a team to witness the conduct of the elections and concluded that the general elections were free and fair.