Although President Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan did not win the last weekend’s Presidential election, he made history by his statemanly gesture.
What a man! President Jonathan called to congratulate his main challenger, Major General Muhamadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his victory at the poll much before the final results were eventually announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega. That was the first of its kind in the history of this nation. A nation where change of leadership had always resulted in violence, where incumbent leaders never wanted to vacate the seats and some even tried to extend their tenures through unconstitutional means.
By that honourable act, President Jonathan saved the country from much anticipated crisis. Against all dooms day predictions, Nigeria had a peaceful presidential election thanks to an incumbent president who had the power to subvert an electoral process as had always been the practice but did not. Prior to the election, he had always affirmed that his ambition or nobody’s ambition was worth the blood of any Nigerian, that the unity, stability and progress of the country is more important than anything else and he proved it when the time came. He allowed People’s vote to count.
What of his call on his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his supporters who might want to protest the outcome of the election to refrain from such action? What a democratic, gentleman!. He proved that election is not a do or die affair. It is a contest where only one winner must emerge.
President Jonathan sure deserves commendation for his selfless conducts through which he has shown the world that Nigeria’s democracy has come of age and is now unshakable.
It is however, Nigerians’ wish that as we warm up for April 11 governorship elections, the various contestants would tow the president’s line in the interest of peace and tranquility in our states and the country at large.
It is my belief that whoever is seeking any elective position with the aim of impacting positively on the lives of the people will not do everything to clinch position, including spilling innocent blood. No leader who loves his people will turn the youths to militant all in a bid to achieve his selfish aim. The wanton destruction of lives and properties which we witnessed in different parts of the country shouldn’t have been had our politicians been selfless like President Jonathan who from all indications wanted only the best for the country. He refused to sacrifice the nation on the altar of greed and selfishness. Rather, he preferred to stand on the side of honour.
Though President Jonathan will be vacating Aso Rock Villa in a couple of weeks, he will forever be remembered as the hero, a true gentleman who made immeasurable sacrifices for unity, peace and progress of the nation.
I therefore join other well meaning Nigerians and foreigners alike to congratulate President Jonathan for doing what is right and not allowing the country plung into sense less violence. Had he allowed selfishness to becloud his sense of reasoning, perhaps the wild jubilation going on in various parts of the country since Wednesday April 1, shouldn’t have been and all the people who relocated to their villages and other safe places both within and outside the country and are now returning to their places of abode wouldn’t be doing so.
So, thank you our great hero.