President Good luck Jonathan said he deliberately conceded defeated to avoid shedding the blood of the ordinary Nigerian. He said this while receiving members of the Africa diplomatic corps who were led by the dean of the diplomatic corps, Ambassador Oubi Bochir. The ambassador of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic to Nigeria. According to President Jonathan, ‘we don’t have to expose our people to deaths because we want to stay in power. Some people held to power maybe, for fear of the unknown.
President Jonathan said ‘I believe that character matters in leadership and it is not just about who becomes the president of a country, but somebody has to be there and the person needs the support of all to succeed. I made a choice to keep the country away from conflict. I have always advised other African leaders that we will need to have a country before we can have the ambition to become presidents.
Jonathan told the envoys that ‘I have been involved in solving many problems in African countries for more than five years and I know the enormity and cost of conflicts, especially on the citizenry. We cannot afford that in Nigeria. If we were to have a political conflict in Nigeria, I am not sure the sub region will be able to accommodate our citizens. My commitment is to always put the country before my personal ambition and that is what I have demonstrated.
He called on the world to support the incoming administration of president-elect Muhammadu Buhari. He said ‘the president-elect is not new to governance in Africa. So I want you to show the same commitment to him as you have to me. The president-elect knows that our commitment is always to project Africa. I am urging you to extend the same warmth and solidarity which you have shown to me, to him.’
Ambassador Bochir commended President Jonathan’s statesmanship and high sense of patriotism. He added that ‘let us make it clear that within the Nigerian and African context and the example your Excellency has set, there was no loser in the elections, but winners. The president-elect by winning the majority of votes and the incumbent in establishing a long lasting legacy by winning the hearts and minds of all Nigerians and Africans.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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