President Muhammadu Buhari has praised his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan for voluntarily conceding defeat without hassle in the 2015 election.
Where did Buhari make the statement?
President Buhari stated this amidst hundreds of guests from outside and across the country at the presentation of Jonathan’s book titled ‘My Transition Hours’ in Abuja.
He was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who delivered the message on his behalf.
What did he say?
Describing Jonathan as a true democrat, Buhari said the former president’s insistence that no Nigerian blood was worth his political ambition made him a patriotic leader and cemented his place as a great leader to reckon with in the Afrcan continent.
He said: “You are a leader of the past, of now and of the future; you will rise again; I wish you the best you wish yourself,”
The President also urged Nigerians to view elections as a peaceful process and not a declaration of war.
To this effect, he warned Nigerians against engaging in ill practices such as bitterness, bigotry, hate speech but “promote Nigeria for us and generation yet unborn.”
While reacting to the President’s speech, Jonathan condemned the act of inducing voters and the prevalence of vote buying during elections in the country, adding that the act was contrary to democratic norms and therefore, wrong.
Dignitaries present at the book launch
The event had in attendance the National Chairman of the All Progress Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, former Heads of State, Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalam Abubakar, former Vice President Namadi Sambo and Former President of Sierraleone, Ernest Bai Koroma.
Others are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, General TY Danjuma, Governors of Rivers, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Cross River, Delta and Abia States, as well as the National Chairman of the PDP Uche Secondus.