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Nigerians Celebrate Jega as He Bows Out of Office

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, yesterday bowed out of office after five years at the helm of the election agency Premium Times has reported.

At a brief ceremony at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, Mr. Jega handed over to a national commissioner, Mohammed Wali from Sokoto state, who becomes acting chairman of the commission.

Mr. Jega was appointed in June 2010 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, suceeding Maurice Iwu.

He conducted two general elections – 2011 and 2015.

Mr. Jega, shortly after the last general election which held on March 28 and April 11, said he would not be seeking for a fresh term in office.

He also said he would decline the offer of renewal if granted.

Mr. Jega is the only chairman of the electoral body to conduct two general elections in Nigeria’s electoral history.

The 2015 elections is believed one of Nigeria’s fairest and freest polls.

What can you say about him?

See some of the comment Nigerians left for him below: 

Kester Raymond Even as Professor Atahiru Jega's tenure expires today as INEC Boss, he was able to establish himself as a reliquary of democracy. He's a distinctive patriot of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Unarguably, his legacies will remain in that entity.

Rotimia Adeleke APC agent. D card reader rigging inventor.

Kamilu Muhammad Oh my friend jega is d best person ever produced in Nigeria no one now had his quality. Don't be confused.

Jackson Ter The best nigeria has ever produced, but he was pdp nightmare! He refused to be bribe!.

Salisu J Nakuru No doubt no argument history will remember him .

Adams Isa Moh'd I always remember and weep when i think of last minut b4 announcement. Jega u'r a true son of Nigeria.