Mukhtar Sirajo NIPR President
Mukhtar Sirajo NIPR President

2019 Elections:NIPR Calls for Inclusive Government for Integration
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) congratulates the people of Nigeria on the successful conclusion of the 2019 Presidential Election.

We are pleased to note that for the first time in Nigeria, 73 candidates contested for the coveted Office of the President Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is a remarkable testimony that our democracy is becoming more popular and attractive. The high number of candidates is also a clear demonstration of the increased confidence, interest and willingness of citizens to contribute at the highest level in the development of the nation. We commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for showing considerable capacity in managing such high number of presidential candidates.

We congratulate His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who was declared winner of by the INEC. We also congratulate His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as well as the other 71 candidates and their political parties, not only for their spirited efforts but also for towing the path of peace in managing the outcomes of the elections. We also wish to commend the relevant security agencies for the part they played in ensuring the security of life and property in different parts of the country.

We encourage any aggrieved candidates or parties to follow the processes provided within the laws of the federation in challenging the results. That is also an essential element of democracy. We commend the main opposition candidate, His Excellency Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for opting to follow the process of the rule of law than allowing his followers resort to violence.

At the end of the day, the interest of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should remain paramount. We urge Mr. President to walk his talk of running an inclusive government, by taking decisive and urgent steps towards national reconciliation, integration and unity. May we always be reminded that, ‘though tribe and creed may differ in brotherhood we stand.’

Being the foremost professional Institute responsible for regulating, nurturing, grooming, promoting and deploying appropriate public relations expertise in Nigeria, we urge the federal government to always take advantage of this vital tool in refining and enhancing the image and reputation of the country.

Mukhtar Sirajo
President, Nigerian Institute Public Relations (NIPR)