The immediate past Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has stated the reason why he peacefully relinquished political power to President Muhammadu Buhari in the last 2015 General election.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan became a popular and appraised globally for his political maturity after conceding defeat as a returning President to Buhari even before the aggregate result was not announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
In a show of goodwill, Jonathan put a call to through to the President Buhari to congratulate him.
Delivering his paper titled “Conscience Based Leadership: The Secret to Global Peace and Security,” as a guest speaker at the ongoing World Peace Summit in Malaysia, Jonathan emphasized that his decision was primarily fuelled by his conscience to allow peace reign and not facilitate bloodshed.
“Since you specifically invited me to share my experience as a political leader and ex-president with the forum, I will, therefore, like to mention some of the things I did in office, to build a peaceful society.
“I can confidently say that in all my public life, I was inspired to lead by conscience. This is in agreement with my personal philosophy which I first proclaimed while running for the office of the governor of my home state Bayelsa in 2006, and re-echoed when I ran for the office of the President of Nigeria in 2011 and 2015.
“Then, I made it clear that my political ambition is not worth the blood of anybody. Ever since I said that in November of 2006 in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa state, I have always lived by it. This philosophy informed my 12 decision to concede the 2015 Presidential election, even while the results were still being collated”, he mentioned.