President elect, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday acknowledged that President Goodluck Jonathan would have made things difficult for the country if had decided to use his power of incumbency to scuttle the electoral process.
Speaking at the Presidential Villa after receiving the hand over note as well as the report of the National Conference from President Jonathan, Buhari said by the singular phone call that Jonathan put to him conceding defeat, he has changed the course of the Nation’s Political History.
According to Buhari, by choosing to concede defeat, President Jonathan saved the lives of many Nigerians that would have been lost if he insisted on sitting tight.
According to Buhari, the president was capable of using the power of incumbency to make things difficult on the outcome of the presidential election at the expense of the lives of poor Nigerians, but he chose to tow the path of selflessness.
“what I will say is since the telephone call you made, you have changed the course of Nigeria’s political history. For that you have earned yourself a place in our history, for stabilising this system of multi party democracy system and you have earned the respect of not only Nigerians but world leaders.
“All the leaders that spoke to me and congratulated us for arriving at the point we arrived, mentioned this and I could understand, a lot of relief in their voices that Nigeria has made it after all and this is largely owed to a situation.
“If you (Jonathan) had attempted to make things difficult, you could have made things difficult and that would have been at the expense of lives of poor Nigerians, but you choose the part of honour and may God help all of us. Thank you very much your excellency” he said.
On his part, President Jonathan told Buhari before handing over the notes as well as the report of the national conference that “this will give you (Buhari) a mission statement of the
commitment of this government for the past five years and the directions we are going that will help you to navigate.