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President Buhari tried his best for Nigeria — SDP

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The South-West chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari tried his best for the nation in the face of numerous challenges.

The SDP South-West Zonal secretary, Femi Olaniyi, made the remark in an interview in Lagos while reacting to the president’s farewell broadcast on Sunday.

Mr Olaniyi, the chairman of SDP in Lagos State, described Mr Buhari’s address as a speech of hope for a better Nigeria.

“He (Buhari) actually tried his best but may not have satisfied many Nigerians.

“Nevertheless, we should all keep our hopes of delivering a better Nigeria in the hands of the incoming administration with good synergy with our Federal lawmakers,” Mr Olaniyi said.

According to him, the incoming administration should focus more on the stability of electricity to boost the economy.

The SDP leader said the nation needed an urgent review of the electoral process and body to enhance the conduct of good, free and fair elections in future.

He urged the incoming administration to heed the advice of former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the presidential inauguration lecture.

Mr Kenyatta, at the presidential inauguration lecture, which was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Saturday, urged President-elect Bola Tinubu to pacify Nigerians aggrieved over the outcome of the presidential election.

Mr Kenyatta, who gave the keynote address, also urged Mr Tinubu to ignore political differences and unite Nigerians after he is sworn in as president.

Mr Olaniyi said that such a piece of advice should not be swept away but be part of the new administration’s goals.

Mr Buhari, in his farewell address earlier in the day in Abuja, expressed satisfaction and confidence that he is leaving office with Nigeria better in 2023 than it was in 2015.

The outgoing Nigerian leader also used the opportunity of the broadcast to briefly list some of the achievements of his administration in the last eight years.

Mr Buhari’s successor is expected to be inaugurated formally on Monday in Abuja.

(NAN)

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