“Nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any citizen” – Jonathan shades Trump
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has re-echoed his earlier stance that “nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any citizen”.
He stated this in a message he personally signed amid the political stalemate in the United States of America, where President Donald Trump has refused to accept defeat.
An unidentified lady was shot dead by law enforcement agents Wednesday as pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building when Congress met to certify the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
In 2015, Jonathan shocked the world when he called his then-challenger, Muhammadu Buhari to concede defeat before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the final results.
His singular action saved the day during a period experts had predicted post-election violence.
He explained that his political ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
“I have repeatedly said nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any citizen, in any part of the world. Absolutely nobody.
“Again, I reiterate that it is better to lose power at the cost of gaining peace, than to gain power at the price of losing the peace.
“As a leader, one must not just look unto one’s own interest, but the interest and the good of society. It is never too late to reject the venom and inject the serum of peace.
“It is necessary to state that the highest purpose of leadership is to bring people together, even those that do not share in your philosophy.
“And you do not need an office to do that. All you need to achieve that height of leadership is conscience. Let us be men of conscience at this hour.”