President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commended his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan for his role in the 2015 Presidential election.
Speaking at the Leadership award ceremony in Abuja, where he alongside Jonathan bagged the Person of the Year award, Buhari said the “patriotic zeal” of Jonathan in the past election “shamed prophets of doom” who predicted the disintegration of the country.
Buhari also applauded the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, for its role in the last election.
According to the President,“I am most delighted to be part of this occasion organised by the Leadership Newspapers Group to honour Nigerians who have excelled in their chosen fields of endeavour.
“Let me hasten to congratulate my joint award winners, my predecessor, His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR and Professor Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, as ‘Leadership Person of the Year.’
“The events of 2015 which the Leadership newspaper has chosen to bring to the fore today, marked a watershed in the political history of our country.
“Those of us who were participating actors in the elections were led by the higher ideal of the future of our great country and the well being of our people rather than the mere desire of politicians to win elections.
“It is therefore our commitment to this ideal, the patriotic zeal of President Jonathan, the impartiality of the electoral umpire, INEC and exemplary conduct of the political parties, foreign pressure and other actors that we collectively disappointed the prophets of doom who had predicted the disintegration of the country after the 2015 general election.”
Buhari, while claiming recently that he would continue to blame past administrations, maintained that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which ruled Nigeria for 16 years, failed in all areas.