I was proud to concede defeat – Jonathan


Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that his proudest achievement was when he lost the 2015 general elections.

Jonathan who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party lost the election to Muhammadu Buhari of the All progressives Congress.

Jonathan who was the incumbent president in a move that surprised a lot of Nigerians conceded defeat in an election that was predicted to likely signal the beginning of the disintegration of the country.

Before the final result of the election was declared, Jonathan placed a historical call to Buhari to congratulate him on his victory.

The former president, who has been pursuing developing his foundation, wrote:

“Some may think it is ironic that perhaps my proudest achievement was not winning the 2015 Presidential Election.

“By being the first elected Nigerian leader to willingly hand over power via the ballot box, to the opposition party, without contesting the election outcome, I proved to the ordinary man or woman in the country that I was his or her equal.”

President Buhari has also reiterated how shocked he was when Jonathan conceded defeat and has applauded the gesture

The president: “When he made that famous call at 4:45 pm and said ‘Good evening Mr. President, I have called to congratulate you and I concede defeat’, I was silent for quite a while because I was surprised and he said ‘did you hear me?’”.
“Abdulsalam recognized the generosity of Jonathan to concede defeat and said we should go and thank him immediately and that was the first time I came here (State House).”
Jonathan revealed that the reason he conceded defeat was because he needed to check his ambition, as the consequences of not doing so may have been dire not only for Nigeria, but for Africa.
“Democracy has to be nurtured to grow. Strong democratic institutions are the backbone and future of our democracy. They must be protected and nurtured. As for me, as a matter of principle, it is always the nation first,”

  • Jennifer

    Man of intergrity. May God’s wisdom never depart from you and your family.