Former presidential candidate, Peter Obi has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s rare act of patriotism in conceding the 2015 presidential election elevated Nigeria in global democracies worldwide.
However, he said, there are spirited efforts to undermine the former president’s sacrifice.
Obi said this in a statement wishing Jonathan a happy 66th birthday which he personally signed on Monday.
“I thank God for what he has used you to do for our country, Africa, and global democracies as President and former President who continues to be a good vehicle for free, fair, transparent, and violence free elections,” Obi said.
The former Anambra governor recalled Jonathan’s recent role leading the West African Elders Forum (WAEF) Mediation Mission to both the October 10, 2023, general elections and the November 14, 2023, Presidential run-off poll in Liberia.
“Your recent mission for democracy in our West African Neighbour, Liberia where a transparent election was held, leading to a run-off that produced an opposition candidate as the winner, made many Nigerians nostalgic about your huge sacrifice for democracy in our country in 2015.
“God will continue to bless you for that rare patriotism that elevated our beloved country in global democracies worldwide, notwithstanding spirited efforts to undermine it.
“That singular act of yours accompanied by the landmark quote “ My political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian” says it all about your commitment to democracy where the will of the people prevails.
“As you celebrate this unique day in your life, it’s my prayer that God Almighty will bless and keep you in good health of mind and body for many more positive things for our country and humanity.
“Happy Birthday Your Excellency,” Obi said.