What Buhari told Goodluck Jonathan at book launch
Former heads of States, Yakubu Gowon, Abdulsalam Abubakar and former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, attended Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s book launch in Abuja. The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was also in attendance.
The book launch took place at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja.
Also present at Jonathan’s book launch are former President of Ghana, John Mahama, President of AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina and some governors elected under PDP.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented at the event by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Also present at the book launch are Federal and state legislatures elected under PDP.
The book: “My transition Hours” gives an account of what happened in the build-up to 2015 elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari hailed his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, for voluntarily conceding defeat at the 2015 general elections, describing him as a true democrat.
Buhari poured the encomium at the launching of a book titled “My Transition Hours” by Jonathan amidst hundreds of guests from outside and across the country.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the president said Jonathan’s act of courage had made him a patriotic leader and earned popularity among Africans and other leaders.
“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,” Buhari said.
Former President of Ghana, John Mahama, says ex-President Goodluck Jonathan is more of an academic who found himself in politics. He said this at the public presentation and formal launching of a book titled “My Transition Hours” by Jonathan that “I was not surprised when Jonathan conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015”.
Mahama said Jonathan approached leadership in a relaxed manner and that was why he left a good legacy worthy of emulation by all leaders in Africa. The former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, said Nigeria was not at war today because of the decision by Jonathan to concede defeat during the 2015 general elections. ” We cannot thank you enough for the peace we are having in the country today; for the peaceful transition we had when you freely and voluntarily conceded defeat. ” By your decision, you have shown that you love your country more than you love power,” he said.
Dogara also commended the former President Goodluck Jonathan for his attitude and composure before, during and after the elections. Dogara said he has changed the narrative of the Nigerian democracy.
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