By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The immediate past President of the country, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has stated that he was proud to have lost last yearâ€™s presidential to his rival and incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is coming just as he scored his government high in terms of delivering on the dividends of democracy to Nigerians during the six years that he held sway as the nationâ€™s number one citizen.
Speaking in LondonÂ on MondayÂ at the studios of a United Kingdom based news medium, Bloomberg, Jonathan added that he has formed a new foundation aimed at youth development and good governance in the African continent.
In his paper titled â€œCivis Nigerianus Sumâ€ – I am a citizen of Nigeriaâ€, he said his decision to handover power â€œWas without precedent in my country and I am proud that it achieved my goal of no conflict arising from the result of the election.
â€œSome may think it is ironic that perhaps my proudest achievement was not winning the 2015 Presidential Election.Â Â I said before the last election that my political ambition was not worth the blood of one Nigerian.
He added that â€œI was true to my word when on March16th, 2015, just after the election, when the results were still being collated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), I called my opponent, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to concede, in order to avoid any conflict and ensure a peaceful transition of power.â€
On life after power, he said, â€œAnd today, the focus of my energies is to uphold democratic principles, promote peaceful political transitions and support citizen entrepreneurship and intra-Africa trade. These are precisely the objectives of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.â€
The Bayelsa born former leader used the occasion to highlight some of his achievements in office especially in the areas of agriculture, where he stated that his government save several billions of Naira from food imports.
Commenting on efforts he undertook in the petroleum sector, he said, â€œOur ambition was to sanitize the corruption in petroleum subsidies by completely deregulating the sector. However, our efforts were frustrated by unhealthy political resistance.â€
According to him for the country to progress, it is imperative that both the Executive and the Legislative arms of Government institute a Bill of Rights.
In his opinion, the bill should end discrimination and tribalism, and promote equality, enabling everyone to work towards the common goal for the development of the nation.