Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat even before the official announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission that the All Progressives Congress, candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari had won the March 28 presidential election.
Speaking with Channels TV before the announcement of the figures from Borno state, Alhaji Abubakar noted that President Jonathan’s action was a lesson for all Nigerians.
He expressed confidence that such a gallant move would strengthen democracy in the country and elevate Nigeria’s standing in the world.
He said: “The gesture by Mr President should be seen as a sign of the development of our democracy.”
The Sultan also praised Jonathan for his commitment to the peaceful conduct of the elections saying that the president has demonstrated a high level of integrity.
“Mr President has strengthened our beliefs in his words”, he said.
Abubakar characterized this year’s presidential election as “the best election Nigeria ever had”.