Former President Good luck Jonathan
on Saturday said nobody INTERFERED as he
concede defeat to President
Muhammadu Buhari after the 2015 presidential poll.
Jonathan, who spoke at the 4th, 8th
and 2nd combined convocation and 10th anniversary of Bingham University,
Nasarawa State, stressed that he willingly relinquished power because no blood
of any Nigerian was worth his political ambition.
The former president and an
ex-military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), were honoured with a
Doctor of Letters by the university on Saturday.
In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor
of the university, Prof. Kursim Leonard-Fwa, said the institution recorded 19
first class, 486 second class upper, 856 second class lower, 213 third class
While delivering his speech,
Jonathan said, “The single act (of conceding defeat) I displayed has already
begun having effects on global politics as world leaders now willingly concede
defeat to their opponents when they lose elections.
“Let me make it very clear, nobody within or
outside the country persuaded me to do that. I know it is the right thing to
do. My ambition is not worth the blood of Nigerians. It was not just a
The former President said the
current economic challenges were temporary, adding that the country would
overcome them with the help of its citizens.
Jonathan said he convened the 2014
National Conference to unite the country and prevent the tension and crisis in
He said, “One of the reasons why I
convened the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity devoid of
tensions and crisis, a polity that will bring unity to this country, one that
will not divide us along tribal, ethnic, and religious line.
“It is my belief that no one’s
political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian and I am fulfilled
knowing that conceding defeat, while the votes were still being compiled, was
borne out of my personal principle and conviction generating positive impact on
He added, “I have seen politicians,
whose children study and live abroad, mobilise children of others as thugs
during elections. They don’t care whether they die or not. This is against
human dignity. We should fulfil our vows
as a nation of great people who love and respect one another.”