Former President Goodluck Jonathan in a telephone call that has changed Nigeria’s history in more than one way conceded victory to President Muhammadu Buhari after the 2015 presidential election in the country. A lot of people have hailed Jonathan for his historic act, going as far as to confer him with awards while others have criticised that he conceded defeat to avoid going to prison. However, during a dinner organised in his honour last week by Cercle Diplomatique, Geneva, Switzerland, Jonathan revealed the real reasons why he conceded to Buhari, even though it was not an easy decision to make. , the 5 reasons outlined by Jonathan as to why he peacefully accepted defeat…
1. He said because he believed that for a country to be great, both the leaders and the led must be prepared to make sacrifices.
2. He did not want Nigeria to slide into a theatre of war, with his fellow county men and woman dying, and many more pouring into other nations in Africa and beyond, as refugees because of the love of power.
3. He said because the tension in the land was abysmally high and palpable, in the months leading to the election. The country became more polarised more than ever before, such that the gap between the North and the South and between Christians and Muslims became quite pronounced.
4. Because he had invested so much effort into building the nation. In Jonathan’s words “I worked hard with my top officials to encourage Nigerians and non-Nigerians to invest in our country to be able to provide jobs and improve the lives of our people.”
5. He said he made a promise to God that he will not let Nigeria fall under his watch, hence the historic telephone call he put through to congratulate his challenger even when the results were still being tallied.