The Anglican Communion held a special thanksgiving and farewell service in honour of President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Dame Patience Jonathan. The farewell service held at the Cathedral Church of Advent Life Camp Gwarimpa, Abuja of Nigeria, and was attended by the president’s friends and well-wishers,
In his message to Nigerians after the service, President Goodluck Jonathan said he attained the political positions he held in Nigeria not because of hard work but because of favour from God and that he is happy to exit fulfilled.
He said the decision to concede defeat was not an easy one but that he saw no reason why anyone should shed blood because of his political ambition
The president prayed for the success of the incoming administration and pledged that as long as he lives he will continue to do his best for peace to reign in the country,
Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday that some of his friends deserted him shortly after he conceded defeat to his rival General Muhammadu Buhari in the March election.
President Jonathan had publicly conceded defeat to Buhari shortly before the final results were announced on March 31, a decision which was commended by local and foreign commentators and helped to tremendously douse tension in the country, earning him widespread praise for statesmanship
In his words, Jonathan said, “Some hard decisions have their own costs. No doubt about that. It is a very costly decision but I must be very ready to pay for it,” Jonathan said during a farewell church service in Abuja.
“If you take certain decisions, you should know that people close to you will even abandon you at some point. I tell people that more of my so-called friends will disappear.”
Many party faithful and erstwhile loyalists of Jonathan have either crossed over to Buhari’s All Progressives Congress or made harsh statements against Jonathan’s party or its leaders.
Jonathan said he was not surprised by the desertions or statements by his former loyalists, adding that former South African president Frederik de Klerk faced a similar situation when he decided to abolish minority rule in that country.
Jonathan said that de Klerk’s marriage to his wife, Marike, broke down after he took that decision.
“But that is the only decision that made South Africa to still be a global player. If by this time w still have minority rule in South Africa, nobody would have been talking about South Africa in the present generation,” he said.
He said that ministers who served under him should brace themselves for “persecution” following his loss and his decision to concede defeat.
The in-coming president, Muhamadu Buhari, a former military leader, is scheduled to be sworn into office on May 29.