Tunde Thompson, a journalist who was jailed in 1984 under the notorious Decree 4 of the Gen. Buhari military government, was privileged to meet the president-elect face to face after a long time. Alongside his colleague, Nduka Iraboh, at the Guardian newspaper, Mr. Thompson became one the faces of the regime’s iron-fisted rule, a case repeatedly referenced during Gen. Buhari’s campaign for March 28 election.
Mr. Thompson who said he had forgiven the retired general ahead of the polls, later worked as part of the former military leader’s media team.
At a meeting Tuesday in Abuja, Gen. Buhari praised the journalist for rising above his jail experience to forgive and support him, saying what happened under his military regime was one of the challenges of that period.
The president-elect also commended members of his campaign media team led by Shehu Garba for running a very “decent media campaign” despite the vigorous hate campaigns mounted against him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“I want to commend you especially for two things. First, is the decent media campaign you conducted. Despite the PDP’s dirty tactics, you stayed focused on issues and avoided the temptation to sling mud.”
The president-elect, further praised INEC for deploying technology as part of the process to run a free and fair election.
“We must commend Nigerians who believe in our message of change and INEC for introducing Card Readers and PVC, all elected leaders will now know that the voter is the king. Nigerians now have more faith in our elections because their votes will count. If not for PVC and Card Readers the PDP as usual would have written the results and asked losers to go to court. How can people who are struggling to survive go to Court and get money to pay the SANs of this world. We must thank God for the success of this election.” The General said.