Over the weekend, former President Goodluck Jonathan was awarded with a doctorate degree at the convocation and 10th anniversary of Bingham University, Nasarawa state.
During the ceremony, Jonathan in his speech revealed that conceding the 2015 election to President Muhammadu Buhari was his personal decision contrary to news that he was forced to accept the outcome which did not favour him.
Jonathan said he decided to let go of power out of his strong belief that his political ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian saying it was not a political slogan.
“The single act I displayed has already begun having effects on global politics as world leaders now willingly concede defeat to their opponents when they lose elections,” he said.
“Let me make it very clear, nobody within or outside the country persuaded me to do that. I know it is the right thing to do. My ambition is not worth the blood of Nigerians. It was not just a political slogan.
“It is my belief that no one’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian and I am fulfilled knowing that conceding defeat, while the votes were still being compiled, was borne out of my personal principle and conviction generating positive impact on other nations.
“I have seen politicians, whose children study and live abroad, mobilise children of others as thugs during elections. They don’t care whether they die or not. This is against human dignity. We should fulfil our vows as a nation of great people who love and respect one another.”
See more photos from the the convocation ceremony below.
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