Nobody forced me to concede defeat to Buhari — Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said nobody convinced him to concede defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari after the 2015 presidential poll.


Jonathan spoke at the 2nd, 4th, and 8th combined convocation and 10th anniversary of Bingham University, Nasarawa State.

He stressed that he willingly relinquished power because no blood of any Nigerian was worth his political ambition.

The former president and an ex-military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), were honoured with a Doctor of Letters by the university on Saturday.

While delivering his speech, Jonathan said, “The single act (of conceding defeat) I displayed has already begun having effects on global politics as world leaders now willingly concede defeat to their opponents when they lose elections.

“Let me make it very clear, nobody within or outside the country persuaded me to do that. I know it is the right thing to do. My ambition is not worth the blood of Nigerians. It was not just a political slogan.”

The former President said the current economic challenges were temporary, adding that the country would overcome them with the help of its citizens.