…commiserates with Adamawa people over bomb blast
Chris Steven, Abuja
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, on his victory in the recently concluded Ghanaian general elections.
Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also lauded both the outgoing President, and the people of Ghana for a successful electoral process.
The Senate President stated that by conceding victory, President John Dramani Mahama, demonstrated that democracy in Africa has come of age.
Saraki said: “From what we experienced last year during Nigeria’s general elections by having an incumbent President concede — and what we have seen today in Ghana, we can all attest to the fact that there is a trend of political maturity emanating from West Africa.
“What we are celebrating today is a confirmation that Africa has truly matured in terms of democracy.
“The people of Ghana and their leaders have confirmed that elections can be free, fair, credible and non-violent.
“I commend and congratulate the President of Ghana, and the President-elect for their dignified conduct throughout this process. I wish them success throughout the transition period. I also want to reassure them that the Nigerian legislature will continue to remain their firm partners in development.”
Meanwhile, the Senate President has also commiserated with victims of the twin bomb blast in Adamawa State.
Saraki said the incident which took place in spite of the Armed Forces avowed determination to put to rout the insurgents, shows that “evil continues to fight back. But we will not be deterred.”
He assured Nigerians that the government will do all it takes to defeat the insurgents.
“The news of Friday’s bomb blast in Adamawa shook us with great pain and sadness,” Saraki said. “My heart cannot but cry out for the families and friends who have lost their loved ones to terror and violence. I send them my sincerest condolences.
“As our men and women on the front lines in the North East continue to gallantly defend our freedoms and root out the insurgency, today’s attack demonstrates that evil continues to fight back. But we will not be deterred.
“Nigerians must be rest assured that this government will continue to do all that it takes to defeat and decimate the Boko Haram resistance that is left.
“The Nigerian legislature will continue to work and support the executive to ensure that we end the insurgency, restore normalcy to all parts of the North East.
“I pray that the souls of the dear and departed may experience peace. And may all the injured recover speedily,” he said.