Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, spoke about the tension he went through on March 28, 2015 ahead of his decision to concede victory to President Muhammadu Buhari during a dinner in his honour by Cercle Diplomatique, Geneva, Switzerland . He said he didn’t want Nigeria to turn into a war zone with his country men dying and fleeing to neighbouring countries, as refugees.
“I never knew that the human brain had the capacity for such enhanced rapid thinking. One hundred and one things were going through my mind every second. My country was at the verge of collapse. The tension in the land was abysmally high and palpable, in the months leading to the election. The country became more polarised more than ever before, such that the gap between the North and the South and between Christians and Muslims became quite pronounced.”
“In fact, it became so disturbing that some interest groups in the United States began to predict indeed, many Nigerians did buy into this doomsday prophesy as they began to brace themselves for the worst.
“We worked hard to grow our economy and to improve and bring Nigeria up as the biggest economy in Africa, with a GDP of about half a trillion dollars,” the former President from Bayelsa said.
Goodluck Jonathan was regarded as a Hero of Democracy by many after he peacefully conceded victory to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.