Sunday, 18 December 2016

Goodluck Jonathan Explained Why He Conceded Defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday explained why he conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 general election.
The former President said this at the 4th, 8th, and 2nd combined convocation and 10th anniversary of Bingham University, Nasarawa State North Nigeria.
The former president was invited as a guest with the former military head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and both were honoured with a Doctor of Letters by the University.
While former president Goodluck was making his speech, he emphasized on the reason why he conceded defeat, in his words, he said, “The single act (of conceding defeat) I displayed has already begun having effects on global politics as world leaders now willingly concede defeat to their opponents when they lose elections.
 “Let me make it very clear, nobody within or outside the country persuaded me to do that. I know it is the right thing to do. My ambition is not worth the blood of Nigerians. It was not just a political slogan.”
Goodluck Jonathan also talked about the recent economy of the nation; he said the challenges were temporary and that Nigeria will overcome it with the help of Nigerians.
In his words he said,  “One of the reasons why I convened the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity devoid of tensions and crisis, a polity that will bring unity to this country, one that will not divide us along tribal, ethnic, and religious line.
“It is my belief that no one’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian and I am fulfilled knowing that conceding defeat, while the votes were still being compiled, was borne out of my personal principle and conviction generating positive impact on other nations.”
Furthermore he said, “I have seen politicians, whose children study and live abroad, mobilize children of others as thugs during elections. They don’t care whether they die or not. This is against human dignity.  We should fulfill our vows as a nation of great people who love and respect one another.”
The Vice Chancellor of the university said, Prof. Kursim Leonard-Fwa, said the institution recorded 19 first class, 486 second class upper, 856 second class lower, 213 third class degree students.”