General Abdulsalami Abubakar Reveals How Buhari, Jonathan, Jega saved Nigeria


A former Head of State, retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, yesterday said but for the cooperation of President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, the efforts of the National Peace Committee on the 2015 general elections would have been in vain.

General Abdulsalami Abubakar

Abdulsalami also acknowledged that the committee would not have succeeded if the then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, had not performed his statutory role well. He spoke in Abuja at the Leadership Annual Awards and Conference which he chaired.

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In his speech titled, “Half full, not half empty,” Abdulsalami said: “Our efforts would have been in vain if President Buhari and former President Jonathan were not willing to cooperate with us and think about Nigeria first or if Prof. Jega had failed to perform his statutory role well.

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We must all embrace this standard set by them and ensure that the labours of our heroes’ past are not in vain. We must ensure peace because if there is no peace, there is no country.”

Akwa Ibom State Governor Emmanuel Udom said the nation was currently at a crossroads as it was challenged by daunting economic and political problems. The governor said Jonathan’s decision to concede victory in the 2015 presidential election was the moment of glory in Nigeria’s democracy.

In his welcome address, the chairman of Leadership newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, said Buhari, Jonathan and Jega deserved the Leadership Person of the Year Award conferred on them due to their critical roles in the 2015 general elections. Nda-Isaiah said Jonathan’s decision to concede victory helped avert a crisis that would have claimed about 10,000 lives.


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