My heart, door open to all – Tinubu calls for reconciliation

President-Elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has extended hands of friendship to all Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations, to work with him in building a greater country.
President-Elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu reacts after he was declared winner in Nigeria’s presidential election at the Party’s campaign headquarters, in Abuja, Nigeria March 1, 2023.

President-Elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has extended hands of friendship to all Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations, to work with him in building a greater country.

He asked Nigerians to bury political and other divides to team up with him for a new nation.

He spoke on Wednesday in Abuja after receiving his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following his victory at last Saturday’s poll. 

The former Lagos Governor noted after the rigours of the electioneering and politicking, it was time for all hands to be on deck for nation-building, insisting that politics must give way for nation-building.

He pointed out that his victory should not be seen as personal, emphasising all Nigerians must undertake to be part of the task ahead.

He said: “To you the people, especially the youths, I will work day and night. I will work to the utmost of my ability to make Nigeria better.

“For this to be a victory at all, it cannot simply be a victory for one man or even one party. It must become a victory for all Nigerians, who are committed to a greater society.

“I know many did not vote for me. And you are disappointed that your candidate is not where I now stand.

“I understand your hurt. To you, I extend the embrace and comfort of one family member to another.

“This great project called Nigeria beckons to us all. It is bigger and more important than any partisan divide.

“I ask that you not allow the disappointment of this moment to keep you from realising the historic national progress we can make by joining hands and hearts in a common endeavour to pull this nation through.

“The road has been long. Yet, we walked it. The battle has been hard fought. Yet, we won it.

“But more importantly, I realise that I am just a servant of a larger purpose. You see, this is more than a document confirming the positive outcome of an election.

“This important document symbolises our collective democratic attainment and even loftier aspirations. It represents the impending transfer of a most sacred duty and trust from one person to another.

“At its most sublime, this certificate also symbolises that each of you has the ability to achieve what others believe is impossible for you to achieve.

“Very soon, this nation shall witness a young person standing before you holding this great symbol of democracy and national leadership. We shall see a woman standing before you, holding this certificate as its owner. We shall experience someone from a tribe that many people have tried to dismiss as unqualified for this high office.

“By dint of hard work, determination, and unyielding belief in a noble endeavour, you can achieve the best of things. “There are young people listening to me right now, who shall one day, be the leaders of our precious and exceptional democratic republic.”

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