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Pres. Jonathan on Why he Conceded Defeat: “I Made a Choice to Keep the Country Away from Conflict”



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President Goodluck Jonathan is speaking once again about why he conceded defeat in the 2015 presidential elections.

He spoke about the matter while receiving members of the African Ambassadors’ Group, who paid him a farewell and solidarity visit in Abuja, Punch reports.

A statement by Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, quoted the president as saying:

“I believe that character matters in leadership. And it is not just about who becomes the President of a country, but somebody has to be there and the person needs the support of all to succeed. I made a choice to keep the country away from conflict.

I have always advised other African leaders that we will need to have a country before we can have the ambition to become President. We don’t have to expose our people to deaths because we want to stay in power. Some people hold on to power, may be, for fear of the unknown.

I have been involved in solving many problems in African countries for more than five years and I know the enormity and cost of conflicts, especially on the citizenry. We cannot afford that in Nigeria.

If we were to have a political conflict in Nigeria, I am not sure the sub-region will be able to accommodate our citizens. My commitment is to always put the country before my personal ambition and that is what I have demonstrated.”


  1. Naijababeii

    May 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

    U do well, thank you

  2. Ada bekee

    May 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Gbam! Even though some whose hatred for you have beclouded their senses of judgement will still not agree with you. Thank you Mr. President.

  3. Tete

    May 21, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Mr Jona, you conceded cause you lost don’t let your praise singers get in you head and make it seems as if you did us a big favour. The money wey you chop don compensate you. Kontinu

    • dzy

      May 21, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      People like obj heated up the country because he wanted to change the constitution and run a third term. You are naïve if you think that what he did does not deserve praise in a young democracy that has only lasted 16 years and has been ruled by one ruling party. If you insult him what will be the incentive for the next person to leave power when they loose.
      If he did not concede, the north will agitate and the SS and maybe the SE will back GEJ and there will be civil war and people will die, it will probably last about 6 years or more then there will be peace talks and Nigeria will never be same, few countries survive 2 civil wars in one generation. So praise him let him be a role model so that other leaders in Nigeria and Africa can emulate him. Lets put our pride, hate and anger aside and think of the common good, Yes let us be foolish and praise him for the sake of common good, hopefully it will inspire other African leaders. Look at what is happening in Burundi. GEJ was not more corrupt than OBJ, IBB, Abacha or Adbusalam. He was not even more corrupt than our present state Govs. I wish Buhari success for the good of all Nigerians.

    • Abiodun

      May 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Tete as you dont want peace you will soon see troubles in your life “say amen”. what does it take him to win the pass election? absolutly nothing, but then… Stop deceiving urself for once.

    • Livy

      May 22, 2015 at 2:27 am

      Go pick the Punch newspaper and read what Fashola said about this. If you don’t know Jonathan did us a big favor, he saved us some Burundi reality. The last time Buhari lost he didn’t concede and you know what happened later. No doubt he did the right thing cos he lost but coming from a clime of sit tight leaders he did the honorable thing.

  4. Ag

    May 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

    U r a great man. God will bless u even ur generations unborn

  5. bruno FIERCE

    May 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

    so…….do u want a medal or something.biko get lost.

  6. Ephi

    May 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Thank you Jonathan, you have done well. Can we now move on to other issues, cos this whole “he’s a hero because he conceded defeat” has been over flogged. He was trumped in the elections simple.

  7. Onyeka

    May 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    President Jonathan’s decision to concede defeat is commendable but nothing he should laud over anyone or feel a deep sense of pride about. It’s like commending someone who went into public office and didn’t steal. That you decided to take the high road and do what others wouldn’t/didn’t do doesn’t make you a national hero or worthy of a nobel prize (i find this particular suggestion laughable). It makes you a person with a working moral compass… and I’m sorry, we’re not handing out gold starts for that.

    So my long epistle in a sentence? MR president, you do well… now move on!

  8. X

    May 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

    You conceded coz you lost…period!

  9. Benson Ossai

    May 21, 2015 at 11:30 am

    You are bless for ever.I like this statement.Leaders like you are rare to come by.Sacrificing your personal interest for the interest of the citizens is one quality that African leaders should try to Imbibe.I wish you well in your future endeavor and your memories will forever live in us.GOD BLESS GEJ.

  10. jayboogie

    May 21, 2015 at 11:33 am

    very wise decision sir , it could have been bloody . Thank You .

  11. nwa nna

    May 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Please GEJ, you clearly lost the election & when the results were announced the right thing to do was to concede defeat.
    Nigerians spoke with their votes and the oppositions margin of win was just too wide for PDP rigging machine to attempt to contest it, go enjoy your stolen wealth & spare us and let history be the judge…
    PS, where are all the silly nollywood ass lickers that were campaigning on your behalf?! Exactly, they’re nowhere to be found, lol..

  12. [email protected]

    May 21, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Oh sod off!

  13. Girlbeingreal

    May 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Please get over yourselves! We are so used to crap that normal stuff seems like the biggest deal. When would we realize what we truly deserve. This is democracy.. If you lose you concede defeat.. You don’t need to be a saint to know that.

  14. Naked

    May 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    You did nothing heroic Mr Jonathan, you only did what any sensible adult will do after been defeated in a contest. On a more serious note, why is this man always whipping up sentiments to gain public sympathy? You are not the first african president to concede defeat, others have conceded defeat and it is on record.

    Lastly, let it be said that you are the worst president to have ruled Nigeria in the democratic dispensation. I blame you not all for this, rather i will blame that self centered gerontocrat called obasanjo who should have been cooling his ass in jail right now.

  15. ola

    May 21, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I still dont understand something here,is he not meant to concede defeat before?

  16. Ochouba Chidinma

    May 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    #Perfect Gentle Man!!….God Bless Your Future Endeavors GEJ ………Plenty Love For This Man!

  17. Awoyo

    May 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Your Excellency, you lost the elections and with that came only one decent choice. This was to concede defeat. The likes of David Milliband of the Labour Party and Nick Clegg of Liberal Democrat in the recently concluded General elections in the UK did the same without any fuss. It’s time to move on.

    If the PDP get their act together, that is, refocus on serving us the people, as opposed to their personal interests, perhaps they would be back in power sooner than later.

    Until then…change is here Sir.

  18. tunmi

    May 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t even want to know what would happen to whomever manages to fix our electricity grid or finish building roads with drainages

    • Bleed Blue

      May 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      We may have to all build altars in our homes with their faces on them. And worship thereon morning, noon and night.

  19. jefka

    May 21, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    on International news, Nigeria is in serious debt. about 60 billion abi na 5trilliion.
    i cannot laud u conceding defeat because u damaged our economy badly……..
    i can only pray dt u r able to sleep well at night with all the atrocities committed by u and ur cabinet.
    al d GEJ supporters, i hope you are listening to d news.
    pls just retire keep to urself.

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you! This guy ruined our economy…

    • D

      May 22, 2015 at 9:01 am

      @jefka Yelz ke! Cause ewu spent 120 trillion on his unproductive campaign.he should hold on to power and watch how he would be dragged in the mud by the international community like a common criminal.Sir this is no the 90s.

  20. Ebele

    May 21, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Dear Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan,

    Stop acting like you did us all a favor!!!!


    Over 2million Nigerians did not vote for you!

    What else could you have done if you had a half brain? Insist on a re-vote?

    Please go back to Otueke so we as a nation can find a way out of this horrific mess you are leaving us with.

    Thank you!

  21. Tosin

    May 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Blezz-ed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
    It’s all good.

  22. Beeeee

    May 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Yes, he is supposed to concede defeat because he lost, the same way Buhari conceded when he lost in 2011 abi? Lol. I do agree that the fact that he conceded is being over flogged. He doesn’t need to remind people of the good that he did for Nigerians because I will never forget.

  23. thorgan

    May 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Good for the whole lot. Tnx Mr. President

  24. Godwin O

    May 21, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Let us be honest. What GEJ did might be normal but in Africa and Nigeria, it is commendable. We should praise him for it so that others are encouraged to take his example in the future. One day it will be no big deal but today it is. Even if you don’t like GEJ, look at our history and give him credit for not annulling election or handing over to military or fake transitional government. Or just kept quiet and let the Niger Delta militants start terrorising our cities. Everything is BY FORCE in Nigeria. It is in our culture

    1) OBJ tried to extend his presidency illegally to a third term BY FORCE
    2) Instead of IBB handing over to MKO, the election was annulled BY FORCE and he was thrown in jail to rot and die BY FORCE
    3) Buhari took power BY FORCE and IBB took it back BY FORCE
    4) Even as we speak, there are governors or governor aspirants trying to enter their government house BY FORCE And throwing their state into disarray.

    And before you start thinking that only military presidents can hold power BY FORCE, here is a list of African countries whose democratic presidents have refused to leave. It is not that hard, you simply bribe, imprison or kill the top Army commanders and then you abolish or weaken the opposition party. This might lead to civil war and THAT is exactly the point. GEJ chose peace eventhough his party members and even his own wife threatened to desert him.

    Anyway sha, here’s the current “democratic” dictators in Africa.

    1) Equitorial Guinea – Mbasago – Since 1979
    2) Angola – dos Santos – Since 1992
    3) Zimbabwe – Mugabe – Since 1980
    4) Cameroon – Biya – Since 1982
    5) The Gambia – Jemmeh – Since 1994
    6) Chad – Deby – Since 1990
    7) Zambia – Sata – Since 2011

    GEJ has come and gone. Let us be vigilant so that Buhari will not try to add his name as number 8 on this list. The best democracy has a vibrant opposition. Let us hold the APC government accountable to their promises.

    • Beeeee

      May 21, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Well said

  25. Hugo

    May 21, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Sour grapes!

  26. lola

    May 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    his excellency you conceded defeat its good but that should not blind us to your evils, also i will advice him not to get involved in politics again and play a more states man like role or simply travel round the world with mama payshence

    under your adminstration you reduced pdp from a national party to an eastern regional party
    same thing Azikwe did with NCNC. oh your both azikwes
    shame on you

  27. Oluwaseun

    May 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    How about you make it a rhetoric of, ” I did the rightful and expected thing cos it’s a respectable thing to do?” But no, you’re making it sound as if you did Nigerians a favour by conceding defeat. That means you’d have done otherwise if the timing was right for you. Anyway, it’s not as if you didn’t try to mar the electoral process, it just didn’t work for you. Thus, you don’t deserve the accolade being dolled out on you cos your statements still make you a sore loser!

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