Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, May 29, 2015 said President Goodluck Jonathan changed the course of Nigeria’s political history for good as a result of the phone call he made conceding defeat after the results of the Saturday, March 28, 2015 presidential elections were announced.
General Buhari made the remark while receiving the executive summary of the handover notes and a copy of the National Conference report from President Jonathan at a ceremony held at the Presidential Villa.
He said: “Until I read and digest this notes from the President, I don’t think I will be in a position to make any strong contribution.
“But 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 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 had wanted 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 chose the part of honour and may God help all of us. Thank you very much your Excellency.”