My cabinet members feared being jailed by Buhari – Former President Goodluck Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan stated that members of his cabinet feared imprisonment when Muhammadu Buhari was elected president in 2015.
In an interview aired by Arise TV on Monday, Jonathan stated that some of his cabinet members believed he would flee the country, but he remained in the country.
Jonathan stated, “In my own time, particularly during the 2015 elections, my ministers, my senior officers, and people who worked with me feared what would happen if we lost the election. Would the new government simply throw us all in jail without a fair trial? Because government is adjacent to the court and can make any decision.”
The former president stated that the “tense atmosphere” his team encountered during the 2015 transition period was not experienced by the outgoing Buhari administration.
Jonathan elaborated on why he conceded defeat to Buhari: “At this point, I have already conceded defeat. And I knew why I conceded defeat: I cared more about the country than about myself.”
Jonathan stated that it is essential for politicians to be more concerned with the nation than with themselves, because without the nation, there would be no president.
According to him, problems persisted despite the transition from a manual to an electronic voting process.
He warned that if the Independent National Electoral Commission did not wake up, it would one day plunge Nigeria into chaos.
When asked how Nigeria’s electoral controversy could be resolved through reforms, he responded, “The problem is INEC and security.” And I used to give the following illustration: if two football teams are competing and the referee decides to turn his back on them, they will injure themselves.
“And you cannot permit it. The electoral management body bears greater than sixty percent of the responsibility. If they do a good job, the politicians will have no choice but to abide by the rules, as will security and the courts.
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