An ex-Minister of Defence and former Chief of Army Staff, General Theophilus Danjuma on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 hailed President Goodluck Jonathan for averting looming civil war in the country by conceding defeat and congratulating the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari following the outcome of the March 28 presidential polls.
Speaking after a private meeting with the president at his residence in Asokoro, Abuja Danjuma said the Nigerian civil war would have also been averted if the deceased Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, did similar thing.
Danjuma lauded President Jonathan, adding that he had set a record in the history of the country by his statesmanship.
He said, “The outcome of the election and the manner in which President Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, is totally un-African, it is very important in the history of Africa.
“If Ojukwu did the same after the fall of Enugu, and conceded defeat to the federal troops he would have saved the nation one full year of bloodshed.
“President Jonathan has made history, set a record to be emulated by the rest of Africa and indeed the whole world. It’s an excellent thing he did.”
President Jonathan thanked Danjuma for his support through the period of the presidential polls.
President Jonathan’s meeting with Danjuma was part of preparations for handover of power to General Buhari, on Friday, May 29, 2015.