Previous President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said Nigeria needs to get to a phase where it would never again sit tight for court judgments to close decisions.
Talking at the sixth version of African Ambassadors Interactive Forum, AAIF, and supper, sorted out by African Third Sector Resource, ATSR, in Abuja, Mr. Jonathan noticed thatby conceding defeat before the 2015 race result was proclaimed, he needed to set another standard for the country’s popular government and demonstrate a point that decision related case should never again characterize Nigeria’s majority rules system.
As per a report distributed by Vanguard, Mr. Jonathan was likewise introduced the “African Leadership & Achievement Award,” at the event.
“I always say that I reformed the democratic process as President in order to consolidate democracy in Nigeria and the sub-region,” he said. “I conceded defeat without a fight because I wanted to set a standard for our democracy, going forward.
“My aim then was to change the narrative and prove that election related litigations should no longer define Nigeria’s democracy. People must not always go to court and obtain judgments before elections in Nigeria are declared complete.
“We don’t get to hear about such court cases in mature democracies. I wanted us to get to that point in our democratic experience. I thought that it won’t be out of place if we got to that stage where those who lost elections will be able to congratulate those who won.”
Mr. Jonathan said his sense of duty regarding the security of lives and properties of Nigerian individuals, their benefits and the economy influenced him to surrender vanquish and turn away approaching emergencies.
The previous president, who was spoken to at the event by the previous Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Suleiman, reviewed that effectively, a few organizations in the United States had anticipated Nigeria’s deterioration, following growing strains on the land at the time.
He focused on that Nigeria and, in reality, Africa could have been damned, if Nigeria was permitted to slide into disorder.
“Above all, what that decision did for me and the nation was to avert a looming crisis. Given the tension in the land at that time, I was deeply contemplative of what would have happened if we had let our nation, the biggest black nation on earth, slide into anarchy, because of contestations for power. What then would have happened to our citizens, Nigeria’s economy and the investments driving its growth?
“I was convinced that the implication for peace and the economy of the sub-region and the rest of the continent, couldn’t have spelled anything else but doom.
“Recall that after the 2011 Presidential election, which most observers adjudged transparent, with my victory generally seen to have been well deserved, crisis and conflicts still surfaced that claimed the lives of many of our compatriots, and property worth billions of naira destroyed.
“I am always saddened each time I remember that among those who died needlessly then were 10 youths undergoing the compulsory one-year national service, who unfortunately got killed in a state where I secured only 16 per cent of votes.
“As the President, I always had at the back of my mind that it was my responsibility to protect the assets of Nigerians and non-Nigerians operating in our economy. These were committed investors who had trusted our government with their investments, to be able to provide jobs and improve the lives of our people.
“The steps I took while in office and during and after the 2015 elections were meant to secure our country, consolidate our democracy and protect those investments. I thank God that I was able to do what I did despite the irresistible force of power, and the usual worries about the uncertain fate that might befall a leader upon leaving office, especially in Africa.”
A complimentary telephone call put through to President Muhammadu Buhari by an officeholder Mr. Jonathan after greater part of the presidential survey comes about had spilled in 2015 is accepted by many to have deflected a noteworthy emergency that would have burst the country’s solidarity.