President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the general elections, while noting that lessons were learned.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said Buhari addressed the Commonwealth Leaders Summit on Friday in London and explained that his satisfaction with the polls was in consideration of the turnout of voters and the generally peaceful atmosphere under which it took place.
The summit was part of the major events leading to the coronation of His Majesty, King Charles III as King of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Commonwealth with a theme which focused on the future of the Commonwealth as a body and the role of the youth.
The President said the election showed that a government can be elected peacefully and fairly. He added that country learnt lessons which would make for better coordination.
Buhari said: “These elections saw a remarkable turnout of voters and proof that Nigeria’s democracy is maturing.
“Despite some pockets of violence, we have demonstrated that a government can be elected peacefully and fairly.
“Lessons have been learnt and moving forward, we hope to perform even better.
”Based on this, I am delighted to note that we have taken another step towards deepening our democracy with peaceful, transparent and credible outcomes.
”Though we are aware that challenges still exist, we are committed to working towards a greater participation of all Nigerians in the democratic process, including those in the diaspora.”
He thanked the Commonwealth for sending a team to witness the conduct of the elections and concluded that the general elections were free and fair.