POLITICS: Full Text Of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Concession Speech To General Mohammadu Buhari

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By Efio-Ita Nyok |3 April 2015| 7:00 am
You are about to read the details of the historic phone call that changed Nigeria forever!
It’s perceived to be a historic phone call because it ushered in an unprecedented era of peace in contemporary Nigeria, owing to the fact that should have the incumbent President Jonathan insisted on holding on to the reins of power, refusing to accept defeat in the 28 March 2015 presidential election, there would have been serious tension between the north/southwest and southeast/south south of the country.
President Jonathan averted that uncanny future by immediately conceding to his arch political rival, Mohammadu Buhari. By this one action he became a statesman both in Africa’s most populous nation and the continent at large. In my opinion, he should be awarded a Nobel Laureate for peace.
Below is the full script of the speech, please.
Caller: Your excellency, sir. Hope I’m speaking with General Buhari, sir. President Goodluck Jonathan would like to speak with you, sir.
Receiver: Yes. Okay, hold on.
Jonathan: Your Excellency
Receiver: Hold on, sir.
Buhari: Your Excellency
Jonathan: Your Excellency, how are you?
Buhari: I’m all right.
Jonathan: (Laughter) Congratulations
Buhari: Thank you very much, your Excellency.
Jonathan: So, how are things?
Buhari: Well, I’d congratulate you more because you….
Jonathan: In a few days find time to come so that we can sort out how to plan the transitional period.
Buhari: Alright, Your Excellency. Thank you very much
Jonathan: Okay, congratulations
Buhari: My respects, Your Excellency. Thank you.