President Muhammadu Buhari has advised candidates aggrieved about the outcome of the recently concluded elections to be patient with the legal system.
Buhari in his Easter message on Friday, said it is the right of “those who feel dissatisfied with the outcome” to seek redress, while urging them to “allow our legal system run its course”.
The president urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the country, adding that there are “better seasons ahead”.
“I join Christians in Nigeria and around the world to celebrate Easter, which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, signposting his victory over death,” Buhari said.
“At the heart of Easter, is the triumph of light over darkness. It is a season that reminds us that the Almighty can turn an unpleasant situation round for good.
“Recognising that Easter is about renewed hope and a glorious future, I urge all Nigerians to continue to be confident and believe strongly in our country for better seasons ahead.
“As a nation, we have gone through an election that has produced the next set of leaders at the federal and state levels.
“I commend Nigerians for believing in the process. While I congratulate those that have been elected, I acknowledge that it is the right of those who feel dissatisfied with the outcome to seek redress. I expect them to wait patiently and allow our legal system run its course.”
Buhari said it has been a “rare privilege” to serve as president since 2015.
“Day after day, I have been guided by the vows I took to keep Nigeria united, prosperous and secure,” he said.
“Our successes on security, economy, infrastructure, new oil frontier basins, landmark legal reforms as well as food sufficiency, among others, were possible because of the support of Nigerians.”
The president encouraged Nigerians to celebrate Easter “in love, compassion, kindness, resilience and forgiveness”.