God did not create me that way… to allow Nigeria break up – Jonathan

by Kolapo Olapoju

President Goodluck Jonathan exhibited immense sportsmanship and statesmanship when he made the decision to concede defeat after he lost the presidential elections to Muhammadu Buhari.

Ordinarily, it shouldn’t be an extraordinary action but in these parts, it is, and the sacrifice Jonathan made, he believes held Nigeria together as one entity.

The outgoing President says the doomsday predictions (especially from the US) that Nigeria will disintegrate by 2015,- would have come to pass if he had not chosen to do the sane and honourable thing by accepting to have been beaten.

On Tuesday, May 26, when he was given the award of a ‘Peace-Loving Global Citizen’ by the members of the Universal Peace Foundation in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, he was ‘quite pleased’ with himself over what he did on May 29, 2015.

“Everybody knew about the predictions (that Nigeria will cease to exist by 2015). Anything could have made those predictions become true. After all, we fought a civil war for about three years before as a nation. We have our challenges, the idea of that National Conference is to look at these weak cleavages we have in this country.”

“We just finished that national(sic) conference and were thinking of how to implement its recommendations so that Nigeria will become a stronger and more united nation. I cannot be a party to the disintegration of the country. I am quite pleased with what has happened. We have a country, the country will be more united.”

“We only pray that the incoming government should appreciate the contributions of everybody and see how we can run Nigeria as a country that belongs to everybody: all citizens, irrespective of political affiliations or creeds. Yes, there are different human beings. If you look at the behaviours of people, even among siblings, some of them could turn to be imams and pastors, while some will be armed robbers.”

“Even somebody that has that kind of criminal intention or he is very vindictive or who by nature does not care if people are dying, even if half of his countrymen and women die for him to be a President, he will celebrate it. But for me, God did not create me that way and I cannot fit in. I believe that for us to hold any office that we want to, we must have a nation.”

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