Incoming President, General Muhammadu Buhari has received the handover notes detailing the activities of the outgoing administration from President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.
In a response, the President-elect thanked President Jonathan for his statesmanship and commitment to democracy.
He reiterated that the historic phone call made by the outgoing President, changed the course of the country’s history and earned him a place in the heart of every Nigerian.
He commended him for making the handover notes as well as the report of the 2014 National Conference available to him promising to study both documents carefully.
Buhari, said Jonathan changed the nation’s political history by conceding victory to him after the presidential election.
He described Jonathan as the stabilizer of the nation’s politics and his action of conceding victory to him saved the nation the bloodshed that would have accompanied his doing otherwise.
He said “But what I will say is since the telephone call you made, you have changed the course of Nigeria’s political history. For that, you have earned yourself a place in our history, for stabilizing this system of multi party democracy and you have earned the respect of not only Nigerians but world leaders.
“All the leaders that spoke to me and congratulated us for arriving at the point we arrived, mentioned this and I could understand, a lot of relief in their voices that Nigeria has made it after all and this is largely owed to a situation.
“If you had attempted to make things difficult, you could have made things difficult and that would have been at the expense of lives of poor Nigerians, but you choose the part of honour and may God help all of us. Thank you very much your excellency.” He added
Buhari however declined to make any categorical statement on the handover notes and the Confab reports saying “Until I read and digest this notes from the president, I don’t think I will be in a position to make any strong contribution.”
In his remarks at the occasion, the outgoing President reviewed the activities of his administration in all areas of governance namely, the economy, security, foreign policy, corruption and oil and gas, among others.
According to President Jonathan, “As we handover the reins of government, I believe that our nation is secure, our democracy is stable and the future is bright”.
Before handing over the documents to Buhari, Jonathan stressed the importance of the Confab reports saying that the recommendations therein could resolve many of the challenges facing the nation.
He said “This will give you a mission statement of the commitment of this government for the past five years and the directions we are going that will help you to navigate.
So it’s my pleasure on behalf of the Vice President, members of the executive council and other senior functionaries to formally hand over these hand over notes to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the President elect, who will assume office tomorrow congratulations.”
Present at the event were the Vice President, Namadi Sambo and the Vice President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, outgoing members of the Federal Executive Council and members of the Transition Committees of the incoming and outgoing governments.
President Jonathan also took the incoming President on a guided tour of the Presidential Villa.
Meanwhile, the Vice-President elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was on Thursday conducted round his new office and residential quarters at the Aguda House, Presidential Villa, Abuja, by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
Speaking shortly after the inspection, Sambo prayed for the success of the incoming administration, and pledged to support and cooperate with the vice president-elect.
“Let me seize this opportunity to specially welcome you to the Presidency and to your new office.
“I pray that almighty God will guide you, protect you and give you good health to enable you continue from where we are stopping, for successful tenure.
“I want to assure you I’m always available to give you my support and our support to see that you succeed in this new endeavour.’’
In his remarks, Osinbajo thanked Sambo for his cooperation and understanding, adding that the incoming administration would continue to seek for his useful advice when necessary.