This is contained in a press statement signed by Dr Muhammad Sadiq Al-Kafawy the General Secretary of the Council and made available to The Renaissance on Wednesday in Lagos.
The council attributed the electoral success to the way Nigerians came out, voted en-mass in orderly manner and conducted themselves peacefully.
“The doggedness, transparency and thoroughness displayed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deserve a special commendation,’’ the statement read I part.
The Council appeals to All Nigerians to extend similar support to INEC in the last round of the elections, coming up on Saturday, April 11.
The council also saluted the spirit of sportsmanship demonstrated by President Goodluck Jonathan for quickly conceding victory to Gen. Buhari, even ahead of final declaration of the winner in the contest.
“President Jonathan has demonstrated a legendary courage by conceding defeat even before the final collation, and through his complementary and patriotic comments throughout the conduct of the elections.
“The Council urges all political pundits in Nigeria and beyond to take their cue from the president,’’ the council stated.
It appeals to the President-elect, to extend a hand of fellowship to all oppositions, and urge Nigerians to pray for the successful tackling of the myriad of challenges bedeviling the nation.
Meanwhile, the council has commiserated with the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji AbdulMumini Kabir Usman and people of Katsina, over the death Ahaji Muhammadu Dikko Yusuf (MD), former Inspector General of Police.
In a condolence message, the council eulogised late Police chief, describing him as a great statesman, who served the country in different capacities up to the time of his death.
“The council of Ulama calls all Muslims to remember him in their prayers, and prays to Allah (SWT) to give his soul an eternal bliss,’’ the message read in part.