Jonathan speaks out: Why I relinquished power without violence

By Post Nigeria January 5, 2016 11:32

Jonathan speaks out: Why I relinquished power without violence

The Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has explained how he was able to shame the naysayers and disappointed the “prophets of doom” by organizing the most peaceful and credible election in the history of Nigeria which led to the transfer of power from the incumbent to an opposition party.

Jonathan emphasized that his administration has proven beyond any shadow of doubt that nobody’s political ambition was worth the blood of any Nigerian.

The former president stated this via his Facebook Page while dedicating, his Award of the African Sun Time’s International Persons of the Year to Nigerians for their doggedness and steadfastness in maintaining peace and harmony in the country.

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      “I thank The African Sun Times for naming me as its International Person of the year, 2015. I am indeed humbled by this honour.
    “When I think about it, I understand why this medium may have thought me worthy of such an honour. However, I believe that my people, the Nigerian people, are more deserving of this honour,” he posted.

I thank The African Sun Times for naming me as its International Person of the year, 2015. I am indeed humbled by this…

Posted by Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, January 4, 2016

Jonathan was awarded the African Sun Times’ International Person of the Year 2015 for his role in ensuring a peaceful civilian-to-civilian transition in Nigeria.

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The African Sun Times is the largest weekly African newspaper in America and has been in circulation for 37 years.

According to the organizers, the award was given to Jonathan “who shocked the whole world by swiftly calling the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and conceding his defeat in the March 29 Nigerian presidential election, thereby stopping the predictions of violent bloodshed in Nigeria, and keeping his words that he would not allow the blood of a Nigerian to be shed to further his political ambitions.”

The award citation added: “President Jonathan must be applauded for creating a solid foundation for the growth of democracy in Africa.  The world has started to recognize President Jonathan’s courageous act.”

While dedicating the award to Nigerians, Jonathan added: “We, the Nigerian people put to shame naysayers and prophets of doom and in 2015; we held a most transparent, violence free and credible elections that transferred power from one political party to another and from an incumbent to the opposition, without rancour, bitterness or strife.”

In March 2005, after a one day conference convened by the National Intelligence Council, NIC, of the United States of America, a prediction was made that Nigeria will break up in 2015.

Many political commentators while expressing their views maintained that Jonathan’s decision to concede defeat to President Buhari had tremendously saved Nigeria from the fulfillment of the prediction.