Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has again gone back memory lane on the crucial decision he took to save the country's democracy from disaster when he willingly concede defeat to his successor, Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.
Jonathan said that nobody, whether within the country or outside the country, persuaded nor forced him to take the decision.
He said, instead, his decision to concede was borne out of his personal principles and convictions that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
Jonathan stated this in a speech, Saturday, at Bingham University, Nasarawa state, where he was conferred with honourary doctorate degree alongside former military Head of state, Yakubu Gowon. The former president also said that his reason for conveying the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity that will bring unity in the country as well as ensure a country devoid of tension and crisis. â€˜
â€™It is my belief that no oneâ€™s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. And I am fulfilled knowing that my conceding while the votes were still being compiled, which was born out of my personal principles and convictions, is generating positive impact in other nations.
"Let me make it clear, that I was not persuaded to do so by anyone within or outside the country. I know it was the right thing to do.
â€˜â€™My mantra â€œmy ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerianâ€ is my vow. It was not just a political slogan. One of the reason I convened the 2014 National Conference was to come up with a polity devoid of tension and crisis. A polity that will bring unity to this country. A polity that will not divide us along tribal, ethnic or religious linesâ€™â€™ he added.