‘An African Leader Urged Me Not To Handover After I Lost’ – Jonathan

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More details have emerged on former President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement when he appeared before the diplomatic community in Geneva, Switzerland.

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A robust looking Dr. Jonathan, on Wednesday, January 27, in Switzerland, who attended to series of questions thrown at him, spoke on the crucial moments he faced on March 28, 2015 ahead of his decision to concede victory to President Muhammadu Buhari after that year’s presidential election.

Fmr President Goodluck Jonathan addresses UN Swiss press in Switzerland
Fmr President Goodluck Jonathan addresses UN Swiss press in Switzerland: Vanguard

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While Dr. Jonathan was speaking on the results of the 2015 presidential election, he said, ‘one African leader told him that if he (Jonathan) decided to leave office, it would only be because he must already be tired of remaining in office.”

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“The point I am making is that people should always be prepared to make sacrifices for the sake of their country. We need to evolve that culture and imbibe it in our consciousness that we don’t have to go to court each time we lose elections.

Let me tell you a story that will shock you. When the results of the elections were declared and I got almost 13 million votes while the incumbent president won with over 15 million votes, I recall one African leader telling me that if I decided to leave office, it would only be because I must already be tired of remaining in office.

The implication of that statement was that many other leaders in my position would have stayed put, but that is just not me. My place in governance was to do my best and quit and not to sit tight and destroy everything I had built.

I believe that sometimes one will have to make that kind of sacrifice in the interest of his people and nation that God had graciously allowed you to lead.”

Dr. Jonathan also spoke about his foray into politics, the allure of power and future plans.



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