Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he will continue to hold immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan in high esteem.
The President said this when he hosted members of the Kannywood entertainment industry, sub-sector of Nollywood, to dinner at the presidential villa, Abuja.
President Buhari, while recalling the 2015 elections, lauded Jonathan for accepting defeat after the presidential election.
His words: “I’ll continue to hold former president Jonathan in high esteem as a result of that singular act,” he said.
“He was in power as Deputy Governor, Governor of Bayelsa, Vice-President and President, all for about 10 years and he voluntarily accepted defeat and surrendered power to me,” he added.
President Buhari also said the activities of the Boko Haram sect will soon become history in the country, saying the federal government would not allow any group hiding under religion to unleash terror on innocent citizens.
He said: “It’s totally wrong for any believer in God to kill innocent people either in the mosque, church or the market place.
“You can’t be shouting Allahu Akbar, and be killing innocent citizens and destroying properties all in the name of God.
“It is either you don’t know what you are saying or you don’t even believe in the existence of God Almighty. God has nothing to do with injustice.
“So, now we are confronting them and by the grace of God we will destroy them.”
The President urged members of Kannywood to use their respective talents in promoting the culture of peaceful co-existence and unity among the diverse socio-political groups in the country.