A former military ruler, Abdulsalam Abubakar, has suggested that ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has not been given enough credit for conceding defeat after the 2015 presidential election, even as he himself did never wanted to plunge Nigeria into another military rule after the death of Abacha but wanted the best for Nigerians which is the reason He handed over to a civilian government of Rtd Gen Olusegun Obasango 3rd Republic Civilian Government.
It’s Quite unfortunate that what we’re seeing today in Buhari’s administration is worse than military rule we had experienced in this Country earlier before and no one is talking about the adverse impact on the general populace, because the rest of the world thinks that we’re still practicing a democratic settings based on the pictures being painted periodically by Buharis Handlers that all is well with Nigeria, thereby so charming the objective senses of the international communities, not knowing that we are facing the worse form of anarchy, and dictatorship rulership indirectly today in Nigeria, while many foreign bodies has no clue about what is going on in Nigeria because they rely on government agencies to feed them on day to day activities on governance when required.
Mr. Jonathan in 2015 became Nigeria’s first incumbent president to lose re-election. He promptly accepted defeat to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and congratulated him.
Mr. Abubakar’s stance is contained in an interview in the latest edition of ‘Nigeria Now’ Newspaper. He was interviewed in commemoration of Nigeria’s 20th year of democracy.
“People keep harping on the role of our Peace Committee in convincing President Goodluck Jonathan to concede defeat to Muhammadu Buhari. Nigerians have not given adequate credit to President Johnathan because he took the decision out of his own volition to concede and congratulate Buhari in 2015,” Mr Abubakar said.
He admitted that although the Peace Committee – a national mediation committee of ex-presidents which he heads – spoke with political contestants when the election results began to trickle in to caution their supporters, “but we did not sit down with Johnathan to dictate to him, he conceded out (of) his conviction.”
Mr Abubakar as military head of state ensured the transfer of power to an elected president in 1999.
He led Nigeria from June 8, 1998 to May 29, 1999, and is Nigeria’s 8th and last military Head of State.
One of his promises after succeeding late Sani Abacha, who died mysteriously in office, was to hand over power to civilians. On May 29, 1999, he kept his promise after a general election that ushered in Olusegun Obasanjo as president. He told ‘Nigeria Now’ what transpired in the buildup to Nigeria’s transition to civil rule.
Mr Abubakar claimed he inherited a divided Nigeria, whose armed forces particularly were concerned about jostling for power than safeguarding the land. So, he said, his government had a mandate to “change this perception and attend to the prevailing political unrest.”
“The (Nigerian) military was a victim of its interference in governance as most of its brains got deployed into administering the country at the expense of professionalism and our management training,” Mr Abubakar recalled.
He said a 9-month transition programme was drawn to brace the country up for civil rule. To this end, Mr Abubakar added, a constitution review committee, headed by late Niki Tobi, was set up. Eventually, the committee delivered the 1999 Constitution.
Also, the Independent Electoral Commission was set up, headed by late Ephraim Akpata, who oversaw registering of political parties that met the stipulated criteria.