Sultan of Sokoto also the spiritual leader of the Nigerian Muslims, Alhaji Sa’adu Abubakar lll, has urged losers in the presidential poll, including Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to accept defeat and embrace peace while hailed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 presidential election in the country.
The Sultan, in a statement signed on his behalf and the Nigerian Muslim community by the Secretary-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu in Kaduna, thanked God for a hitch-free election which led to the declaration of Buhari as the winner.
The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in his message said in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser.
“We are grateful to Allah, the beneficent and exceedingly merciful for the peaceful and successful conduct of the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, as well as the subsequent declaration of the winners.
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“Jama’atu Nasril Islam under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, delightfully congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari and all other contestants, as well as the Nigerian electorate that conducted themselves peacefully and with high spirit of decorum during and after the elections.
“But in this case, all the contestants are the winners, because Nigerians are now beginning to understand the dynamics of politics and democracy,” he said.