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Jonathan is a stateman, says Buhari

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Jonathan out, Buhari in

Jonathan out, Buhari in

President Muhammadu Buhari has extolled the statemanship of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, describing him in glowing terms in his inaugural speech shortly after taking the oath of office as the president of Nigeria.

Jonathan lost to Buhari in the March 28 presidential poll and promptly conceded defeat to the opposition candidate.

He said, “I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are.

“With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation.”

Buhari said his predecessor’s quick concession of defeat has made Nigeria and Nigerians proud all over the world. He therefore urged Nigerian politicians to emulate Jonathan.

“Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country,” he said.



4 Comments
  • grateful mortal

    I hope Nigerians are listening

  • gogolagos

    A man is not he , he wins always but a man that lose and accept defeat. I wish both the incoming president and outgoing good luck but my best wishes is for Nigeria and Nigerians to have a steady petroleum products (fuel) and electricity unfailingly.

  • gogolagos

    Mr. president should start adjusting Nigerian system by cutting the cost of governances. He should starting cutting a lot privileges that our government officials and families are benefiting banning of going abroad for medical treatment for them and families to acknowledge how common Nigerians are suffering poor sanitary system in the country. Mr. don’t disappoint Nigeria and Nigerians don’t rule compromising with the bad eggs that you will see in your government. Some of your ministers and maid are like wolf wait for the right time to attached the sheep so as a good shepherd of Nigeria and Nigerians you Mr. president should always be awake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Segun BABAYEMI

    Good comment, and hopefully too, good lessons learnt by General Buhari. What Jonathan did, i.e. accepting defeat a little ahead of concluding the election which he (Jonathan) saw as incompetent of winning, had become a great lesson for all our leaders. Everyone who had witnessed the previous elections where Buhari had participated knew that such a laudable sportsmanship was really strange to the general’s fancy; but now, this Ijaw simple man had set the pace for us all.

    May God make our new president able and capable of doing for us all the good things he now desires to rebuild the nation and move us all forward. Congratulations.