Former President Goodluck Jonathan has explained that he conceded victory to President Muhammadu Buhari shortly after the last presidential election, because he did not want Nigeria to be turned into a war zone with people dying and many more pouring into other nations in Africa and beyond, as refugees.
Speaking during a dinner in his honour by Cercle Diplomatique, Geneva, Switzerland, Jonathan said “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. Jonathan said, “As the President, I reminded myself that the Government I led had invested so much effort into building our country.
I worked hard with my top officials to encourage Nigerians and non- Nigerians to invest in our country to be able to provide jobs and improve the lives of our people.”