Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians shamed naysayers and other prophets of doom, who predicted that Nigeria will not survive the 2015 general elections.
Prior to the 2015 general elections, there were countless prophecies that the exercise would consume the nation as a result of violence and bloodshed but to the disappointment of the naysayers, not only did the election end peacefully and without bloodshed, the incumbent lost and magnanimously conceded defeat to his opponent.
Former President Jonathan, who recalled the apprehension and tension in the land last year, was reacting to the honour bestowed on him by The African Sun Times Newspaper, which named him its International Person of the Year, 2015.
The African Sun Times is the largest newspaper in America.
Mr. Jonathan, in a Facebook post yesterday, also dedicated the honour to Nigerians, who he said are more deserving of the accolades.
He said, “I thank The African Sun Times for naming me as its International Person of the year, 2015. I am indeed humbled by this honour.
“When I think about it, I understand why this medium may have thought me worthy of such an honour. However, I believe that my people, the Nigerian people, are more deserving of this honour.
“We, the Nigerian people, put to shame naysayers and prophets of doom and in 2015, we held a most transparent, violence-free and credible elections that transferred power from one political party to another and from an incumbent to the opposition, without rancour, bitterness or strife.
“In the process, we proved that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian or any national of any country for that matter. That to me, is a most worthy testimonial of the character of the Nigerian nation and the resilience of our people, which is why I dedicate this honour to them. May God continue to bless Nigeria and Nigerians”.
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015.