​JONATHAN SPEAKS OUT…I Didn’t Hand Over A Collapsed Nation To Buhari- Goodluck Jonathan-

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has replied

his critics who accused him of handing over a

nation at the verge of collapse to his successor,

President Muhammadu Buhari.

Jonathan recounted the achievements of his

government to include, handing over a country

that produced the richest man in Africa.

Jonathan said, “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 also

inherited a country where illiteracy rate

particularly in the Northern part was alarming. I

handed over a country where every state in the

North and indeed all the states had a Federal

University. I inherited a country where there was

total infrastructural decay in all the unity schools

and colleges of education. But I handed over a

country with massive infrastructural improvement

in almost higher institutions. I inherited a country

where agricultural inputs and production were

almost zero. But I handed over a country where

a bag of rice was sold for N6,500 to N7000. My

regime since the establishment of ecological

fund office did more irrigation dams in the North

and other parts of the country than other

subsequent administrations put together. I

inherited epileptic fuel supplies resulting to

endless queues at the filling stations. I

maintained despite enormous challenges of fuel

subsidies and handed over a relatively stable fuel

regime.

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 further stated ” I inherited

a country where people were almost losing hope

on the credibility of its electoral process but I

noticed that democracy will continue to grow in

the African continent if leaders value the

process of elections more than the product of

the process. I handed over electoral process that

engendered fairness in its conduct and

conclusiveness.”

He said, “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 sailed 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. We sailed through because I

maintained and still believe that my personal

ambition, interest is not worth the blood of any

single Nigerian.

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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