ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – President of Ghana, John Mahama, has said the success of the 2015 elections in Nigeria particularly with President Goodluck Jonathan conceding defeat to President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has earned him respect not only in Nigeria and the West African sub-region but internationally.
Mahama said this after a closed door meeting with Jonathan to confer on several issues in respect of ECOWAS, as well as the upcoming summit by the regional body.
The Ghanaian President also delivered the message of commendation and congratulations from ECOWAS following a very successful election.
He said, “if you recall before the elections on behalf of the authority of ECOWAS I gave a solidarity message to Nigerians to step up to the plate and consolidate your democracy by having a peaceful, free and transparent election and I believe that the whole world is congratulating you on the peace and stability that has continued to endure both before, during and after the election. I have been conferring with President Jonathan on several issues in respect of ECOWAS. We are due to have a summit and we discussed issues concerning the summit and a few outstanding issues relating to ECOWAS.
“I also took the opportunity to commend him for the statesmanship that was displayed after the election. We all knew that he congratulated president-elect Buhari after the election and he conceded. I feel that was a very very great sign of maturity and he has earned the respect of all Nigerians and the respect of the international community for all what he did.
“We expect a smooth transition and possibly the role that Nigeria plays in the ECOWAS being the biggest economy not only in our sub-region but in the whole continent. Nigeria is a very important member of our sub-region and we expect that Nigeria will continue to play this prominent role in the ECOWAS sub-region.
“Of course there is a special relation that exists between Nigeria and Ghana too and so in my second heart as the president of Ghana, I wish to congratulate our brothers and sisters in Nigeria on what has been a very good election. Ghana and Nigeria will continue to hold special relations and be very close to each other, we share the same values and more often than not we agree on international issues and we will continue to share that relationship and I am sure it will make the bond between our countries stronger.