‘I Handed Over The Best Nigerian Government To Buhari’ – GEJ Says

FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, left, and opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, right, prepare to sign a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections, at a hotel in the capital Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria has extended voting to Sunday, March 28, 2015 after problems occurred as millions turned out Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, file)

In a recent statement, former president Jonathan said he handed over the best Nigerian government, and the largest economy in Africa to president Buhari.

“I took over a Nigeria that was the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009, I handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World, with a GDP of $574 billion.

I inherited a Nigeria in which the trains were not working, and handed over a Nigeria in which citizens can safely travel by trains again.

I inherited a Nigeria that was a net importer of cement, and handed over a Nigeria that is a net exporter of cement.

In 2009, the richest Nigerian was the 5th richest man in Africa, but I handed over a Nigeria that produced the richest man in Africa.

The former President stated that democracy will continue to grow in the African continent if leaders value the process of elections more than the product of the process.

Even in the 2015 general elections in my country, Nigeria, there was potential for major crisis if I was not a President duly elected by the will of the people.

The campaigns leading to the elections almost polarized the country into Christian vs Muslims and North vs South divide. Most World leaders were worried that our elections will result into major crisis.

Some pundits even from here in the United States said that those elections would spell the end of Nigeria and that we would cease to exist as a nation because of the polls.

That is where the leadership question comes into play. As a leader that was duly elected by the people, I considered the people’s interest first.

How do I manage my people to avoid killings and destruction of properties?

With the interest of the people propelling all the decisions I took, we were able to sail through.

Indeed, we sail through because I refused to interfere with the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, having appointed a man I had never met in my life to run it.
My philosophy was simple. For elections to be credible, I as a leader, must value the process more than the product of the process. And the citizens must have confidence in the electoral body”.

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  • Reply Clifford September 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    A leader with Godly fear,A leader with educationally inclined, A leader who have the pain’s of the poor at heart, such as GEJ

  • Reply james moses September 19, 2016 at 7:19 am


  • Reply BAR INAKOJU OLAWALE September 19, 2016 at 7:22 am


  • Reply Mr Godwin September 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Nice one Mr jona,but you made a terrible mistake by handing over power to pmb cos he have no economic focus and agenda for her citizens.

  • Reply Arokehn September 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    This act should be followed by other politicians and so called leaders.
    Good bless GEJ

  • Reply Bayo September 19, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Nigerian will forever miss you.
    You are such a good leader, not someone who is using his position to take revenge and by that punishing the citizens.
    God bless GEJ

  • Reply Ted Austin's September 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I know President Goodluck Jonathan will stand out as the best president Nigeria ever had due to knowledge which acquired as a lecturer in the citadel of learning&having through process of graduating from Nigerians University,he has been exposed to the socio-economic dilimma confronting citizens of his beloved country,& can’t because of quest for derail the social structures he had instituted to midwife the political process.What this country needs now is not a soldier turned politician who does not appreciate the political history&democratic process of an evolving polity like Nigeria which has become so dynamic for feudal apostoles or religious fanatics who cannot balance his cabinet to reflect the ethnic configuration of entity called Nigeria thereby unwittingly eliminating the cream de la cream of the political economists/theorists who fix the current economic downturn ravaging citizens of Nigeria of they swore an oath to protect.This nation has gone beyond the era of imposition of spent forces to manage our national life&existence because the issue of socio_economic life of Nigerians should not viewed from tribal bias but from the pragmatic point of view of who is capable to steer the statecraft to its save&logical reality.It has been proved that Mr President Buhari has no political agenda other than to triumph the chenge mantra&corruption warcrest to lure the Nigerian electorate to believe that he has something meaningful to offer the populace while in practice he is a pretentious class of crass programmed leadership foisted on the generations of Nigerians who had ignorantly revised the Nigerian progressive strides initiated by enlightened leadership of Goodluck Jonathan only to plunge the country to the worst mindless economic violence hitherto witnessed in any civilized society in mordern dispensation.

  • Reply jeff September 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Some people doesn’t deserve good thing, while so-called change mantra are still hiding in the umbrella of change and continue looting public funds, some stupid individuals are blind to see their inability to govern people. Chei buharizing the nation n ite economy. Blind they are. Pls take this advice. Elect wisely and not this same mess anymore

  • Reply George Anuku September 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    My EX President. I thank you for the love of your people at hearth. In Congo Democratic Republic, Mr. Kabila the President of that Country did not demonstrate your type of spirit that is why people are dying on daily basis there today. Good Luck thank you a lot may the good Lord grant you long life

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