“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,” President Muhammadu Buhari said of his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who voluntarily conceded defeat in the 2015 general elections.
President Buhari, who spoke at the launching of a book titled: “My Transition Hours”written by former President Jonathan, marking his 61st birthday today, Tuesday, described Jonathan as a true democrat.
Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said that former President Jonathan’s act of courage had made him a patriotic leader and earned him popularity among Africans and other leaders.
He called on Nigerians to see elections as contests, which should be done in a free, fair and peaceful environment even as he advised Nigerians should eschew bitterness, bigotry, hate speech and “promote Nigeria for us and generation yet unborn.”
Speaking at the event, former President Jonathan condemned any act of inducement of voters and vote buying during elections in the country, adding that the act was contrary to democratic norms and therefore, wrong.
The book launch was graced by hundreds of prominent Nigerians, including former Heads of state Abdulsalam Abubakar, Yakubu Gowon, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The All Progressives Congress National Chairman (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, former Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, ex-PDP governors and many members of the political class, traditional rulers and members of the diplomatic corps also graced the event,