By Ben Agande
Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan again explained that he conceded defeat in the just concluded Presidential Election because he was not prepared to be part of those who would want the disintegration of Nigeria.
The President when he was conferred with the Peace Loving Global Citizen Award by the Universal Peace Federation.
“I took that decision because I told people around me that no matter the ambition, you must have the nation at heart. Even if I was going to be president for the next 25 years I won’t be happy if Nigerians are killed. Even among siblings, some turn to armed robbers while others turn into priests. God did not create me that way and I could not have fit in. Anything could have made the prediction of Nigeria’s disintegration happen. I cannot be a party to the disintegration of this country. We only pray that the in coming government will appreciate the contribution of everybody irrespective of creed, religion or tribe” the president said.
He noted that his eight years in office both as the Vice President, the Acting and finally as the president of the country was a big school which cannot be found anywhere in the world.
“There is no school bigger than being in the presidency for eight years. When I leave, I will dedicate my time to the unity of this country” he said.
The president said that his party, the PDP as well as his Vice president deserve commendations too because of the roles they played in entrenching democracy.
He called on the incoming administration to carry every Nigerian along in other to ensure that we build a strong, united Nigeria for the future generations.
Earlier in his remarks, leader of the group, Mike Ozekhome said the award was in recognition of the President’s contribution to the entrenchment of democracy in the country.
Mr Ozekhome also disclosed that President Jonathan has been invited to deliver a speech at the Global Peace Ambassadors Conference holding in Seoul, South Korea in August.