Kenyatta is a former president of Kenya
He came to Nigeria to deliver the inauguration lecture for President-elect Tinubu.
He used the moment to advise the former Lagos governor on how to govern Nigeria for the next four years.
Eko Hot Blog reports that the former President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has appealed to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the incoming President of Nigeria, to unite the country irrespective of ethnic, political and religious differences that may exist.
According to a statement from the Office of the President-elect signed by Tunde Rahman on Saturday in Abuja, Kenyatta made the appeal as the Keynote Speaker at the Inauguration Lecture for President-elect Tinubu.
Speaking at the lecture, which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Saturday, Kenyatta noted that the time for politics is over, adding that it is time to work and build a prosperous, unified Nigeria.
“The contest is now over and the hard work of building a prosperous and unified Nigeria now begins. Upon assuming the office of president, you would be wise to transcend from tactical politics of an election and assume your role as Nigeria’s vision bearer,” the former Kenyan president said.
“This will demand a complete overhaul of the adversarial mindset that we as politicians are conditioned to embrace during the electoral process.
“As president, you must learn very quickly to lead those who love you and those who don’t with equal passion and commitment because now, you are the father of all.”
While the elections may have divided the country, he urged Tinubu to see himself as the “symbol of unity” meaning he should reach out to the opposition.
“You would lose nothing and gain everything by reaching out across the political, ethnic, and religious lines to those who may feel aggrieved by your victory in one way or another,” Kenyatta said.
“Please, allow them to exhale and be part of your vision for a greater Nigeria.
“As your fellow African, I look forward to a Nigeria that emerges from this transition ready to flex and fight for its rightful place on the global stage with both hands,” the former Kenyan leader said.
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