Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 hailed his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, for voluntarily conceding defeat at the 2015 general election. He described the former president as a true democrat.
The president made said this at the launch of Jonathan’s book titled “My Transition Hours” in Abuja.
President Buhari who was represented by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, stated that Jonathan’s act of courage had made him a patriotic leader and earned popularity among Africans and other leaders. The president said that:
“You are a leader of the past, of now and of the future; you will rise again; I wish you the best you wish yourself”.
President Buhari called on Nigerians to see elections as contests and should be done in a free, fair and peaceful environment.
According to him, Nigerians should eschew bitterness, bigotry, hate speech and “promote Nigeria for us and generation yet unborn”.
The book launch was attended by hundreds of prominent Nigerians, including former heads of state Abdulsalami Abubakar, Yakubu Gowon, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.
Others are Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, former Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, former PDP governors and many members of the political class, traditional rulers and members of the diplomatic corps also graced the event.