By Gabriel Chy Alonta
As several congratulatory messages continue to flow in for President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the February 23 presidential election, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has congratulated Nigerians on the successful completion of the 2019 presidential election.
The Union, in a statement released on its Twitter handle said, “the union congratulates Nigerians on their choice of a president. #NigeriaDecides2019result”.
USOSA president general, Mr. Lawrence Wilbert, gave the message in interview with newsmen in Abuja.
“The elections have come and gone, and on behalf of all Unity Schools Alumni, I wish to congratulate Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and all winners of National Assembly Election in the country on their victories.
“Nigerians have given you all mandates, which is a validation of their confidence in your ability to lead our nation’s march to greatness.
“We trust the president, and other elected leaders will take steps to heal and unite various parties and interests in the nation towards our aspiration for greatness.
Wilbert, however, urged Buhari to carry out a post mortem of the national election to address various cases of voters’ disenfranchisement and violations recorded at some locations.
“I encourage the president to carry out a post mortem of the election with a view to addressing various cases of systematic voter disenfranchisement, and pockets of violence at different locations in Nigeria.
“It is time to look at the proposed electoral reform bill with a view to enhancing the role of technology in our voting and collation processes, and overall improvements of our election management systems.
“Our elections can surely be better organised and the further introduction of new technology will lead to overall greater effectiveness and efficiency, and enhanced stakeholder confidence.
“We regret the needless loss of Nigerian lives in this 2019 national election, and urge for a sober reflection across the political landscape.
“The political class must shun the `do or die’ attitude to elections, and rededicate themselves to patriotic service, and a peaceful conduct of political and electoral affairs”, he added.
When this reporter contacted the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Anambra state chapter, to react on the President Buhari re-election, they simply said that it was the national leadership of the group that could give any official statement in that regard.
Orient Education reports that President Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected for a second term in office. Buhari polled 15, 191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Waziri Atiku Abubakar, who polled 11,262,798 votes.