Buhari hails Jonathan, but says ‘foreign pressure’ helped him to power

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President Muhammadu Buhari has again commended his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, for conceding defeat in the 2015 election.

But the president said several factors, including foreign pressure and contributions by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ensured a smooth transition.

Mr. Buhari said this Thursday at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja at the Leadership Newspaper annual Awards ceremony.

The president, alongside Mr. Jonathan, and the immediate past chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, were honoured by the newspaper as the 2015 Leadership Persons of the Year.

“Those of us who were participating actors in the election were led by the higher ideal of the future of our great country and the well-being of our people rather than a mere desire of politicians to win elections,” the president said.

“It is therefore, our commitment to these ideal, the patriotic zeal of President Jonathan, the patriotism of the electoral umpire, INEC, and exemplary conduct of the political parties, foreign pressure and other actors that collectively disappointed the prophets of doom, who predicted the disintegration of the country after the 2015 general elections,” the president said.

Mr. Jonathan was represented at the event by a former Minister of Special Duties during his administration, Tanimu Turaki.

Mr. Buhari commended the Abuja-based Leadership newspaper for the award.

“Our participation in today’s ceremony is therefore, a mark of confidence to the brand of journalism that is practiced by the Leadership newspapers group,” the president said.

Apart from the three awardees, several other persons, groups and corporate bodies were also recognised.

Gov. Ibrahim Dakwambo of Gombe State was named the Governor of the Year, while, the 218 abducted Chibok Girls were awarded the Leadership Young Person of the year award.

Nigerian singer, Korede Bello, was awarded the Artiste of the Year, while the victorious Golden Eaglets were of 2015 were awarded the Sports Person of the year.

Earlier, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, who gave the keynote address, said most people had expected the then incumbent President Jonathan to use the instrument of power at his disposal to influence the outcome of the election or challenge the outcome in the law court.

“In a moment that stands out as the crowning glory of our democracy, then President Goodluck Jonathan, putting the interest of the nation above his personal or group interest, conceded defeat to the current President Buhari, then of the opposition and now ruling party – APC even before the final figures were tallied,” he said.

Mr. Emmanuel said as Nigerian democracy is consolidated, there is the need to constantly engage the people on what government is doing to address their issues and problems.

“An engaged electorate is an informed electorate and this will eliminate apathy and a feeling of isolation,” he said.

The chairman of the occasion and former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, said Nigeria proved all those who aid the country could not survive the 2015 election, wrong.

Also, the chairman of Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah, who also contested the 2015 presidential election on the APC platform, paid tributes to Mr. Jonathan and officials close to him who advised him to give up power even before the final results were announced.


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  • abdul dull daura

    GEJ IS THE BEST.

    • Sword of Damocles

      and Nigeria is an industrialized country. Lobotomized much???

      • Justice

        What was it before Jonathan?

        • deansmart

          Gej propper failure, never in nigeria we will have a verry naive president like him

    • Apostel

      in drinking of ogogoro

    • Mufu Ola

      In looting & sloppiness.

  • Burning Spear

    Yet u Bingo Buhari, have remained one of the most ungrateful Luciferic Fulani Generals from Mali-in the History of Nigeria-to assume ther mantle of leadership via————-the Satanic influence of Western Powers!!!!!!!!!!!!–Sadly it is the same U and the Apes in APC that are all over the place tormenting his family members–seizing their properties and freezing their bank accounts—- and giving his better half——hell! While the Turais –Mrs. Abachas—ati Aisha Buharis remain in the holy books of Efcc —ati DSS and the Sultanate-because of their Fulani tribal Marks——while the Ijaws are being hunted down and murdered- Besides, to understand why most African leaders often refuse to hand over power to their opponents is for us to study the unbecoming evil actions taken against Buhari ati the Apes in APC since he was imposed on us by the CIA——against Jonathan and the Ijaw Nation—-Imagine a Nigerian president Bingo Buhari—who instead of appreciating the electorates–is busy giving credit to the CIA that installed him in Aso rock——————-If Jonathan were to be as greedy as Bingo Buhari is—today—-he would have stayed glued to the seat of power—-and let me remind Nigerians that–Bingo Buhari who does not deserve this award—- has no plans of leaving government even if defeated————-in 2019———What type of leadership qualities does Buhari possess to have won this wayo award from the North?————-Already 9jas are pleading with him to go——————-even b4 the expiration of his fake stolen tenure ends——————-Separation is the only way out—-not another rule by the Fulnis from Sokoto in PDP—sha——-animals

    • Rommel

      In July 2014 within the territory of Kaduna state,an attempt was made on Buhari’s life, who was responsible for that attempt?

      • o

        Why are you so twisted?. Can anything good EVER come out of you?. What has bewitch you?.

  • Burning Spear

    Yet u Bingo Buhari, have remained one of the most ungrateful Luciferic Fulani Generals from Mali-in the History of Nigeria-to assume the mantle of leadership via————-the Satanic influence of Western Powers!!!!!!!!!!!!–Sadly it is the same U and the Apes in APC that are all over the place tormenting his family members–and seizing their properties— and their bank accounts—- and giving his better half——hell! While the Turais –Mrs. Abachas—ati Aisha Buharis remain in the holy books of Efcc —ati DSS and the Sultan of Sokoto -because of their Fulani tribal Marks——while the Ijaws are being chased to their death- Besides, to understand why most African leaders often refuse to hand over power to their opponents is for us to study the unbecoming evil actions taken by Buhari ati the Apes in APC since he was imposed on us by the CIA——against Jonathan and the Ijaw Nation—-Imagine a Nigerian president Bingo Buhari—who instead of appreciating the electorates–is busy giving credit to the CIA that installed him in Aso rock——————-If Jonathan were to be as greedy as Bingo Buhari is—today—-he would have stayed glued to the seat of power–regardless-of the deaths -Same as Buhari brought unto Nigerian in the post election riots on 2011——————-And pls let me remind Nigerians that–Bingo Buhari who does not deserve this Award–for a second– has no plans of leaving government even if defeated————-in 2019———What type of leadership qualities is Buhari endowed with to have won this wayo award from the North?—-The theft of budgets at night—disobeying the Rule of law what-?—I begi!!!—-Already 9jas are pleading with him to go——————-even b4 the expiration of his fake stolen tenure ends——————-Separation is the only way out—-not another rule by the cursed Fulanis from Sokoto in PDP—sha——-animals

    • Rommel

      Dumbo wanted to liquidate Nigeria

      • IZON Redeemer

        Through your Ibo tribesmen abi?

        • Rommel

          Of course as well as his ogogoro drinking kinsmen

      • Mufu Ola

        He nearly succeded until God say ” Mba”!

        • Onike24

          Really, God said Mba? Ki lo Ku? What is left? He left a shell of a country, Nigeria is existing on hope and prayers, nothing more!

    • newday

      Muslim North + Muslim West – Infidel East = Nigeria

      • veritas

        lol. i like your math there son. But you answer is very wrong. heres mine (ICt internet keyboard generation with ages below 45 + eradication of all Nigerian languages+ pigeon english as national language) – (Biafra war participants + tribal genocide committing Nigerian army + eradication of states and federal character commission – APC + PDP = better Nigeria

  • Arabakpura

    Jonathan’s absence to events is becoming too loud!

    • Just that same guy

      How my oga , if you invite me to dinn with the devil and I don’t show up , dose that mean am loud , just thinking sha

      • Mufu Ola

        Joe is simply ashamed.That’s all!

        • Riltin

          Wrong, GEJ is a man of honor. We’ll see if anyone will want to remember Buhari when he departs the rock.

          • Mufu Ola

            The only thing we’re remembering Joe for now is his & wife’s banditry.It your gangs that that are still crying for him.

    • Riltin

      Must he be present in every event? He was represented by a former aid, which is very good.

      • Arabakpura

        Yes, for a man that attended all the churches in Nigeria when he was President; attending Independence Day ceremony with others would not be too much!

        • Riltin

          GEJ send a goodwill message to all Nigerians. He’s done his bit running the country and left the stage, Buhari is now on the spotlight, GEJ doesn’t want to and should not share it with him.

          • Arabakpura

            Except he was reciprocating Buhari’s non attendance of Independence Day celebrations when he was in charge; I can understand that!

      • veritas

        thank you. please tell them. or better ask them when last they saw george w bush junior and Obama together at an event? its only in Nigeria that former presidents are always making noise about current presidents or wanting to take part in governance. example OBJ. 3 presidents after him and he is still turning up and speaking for nigeria like he’s still Mr president.

  • Rommel

    PMB is a very civilized man

    • Burning Spear

      Semi——-Ibo man—–from Biafra—–is here again——–That the said event was not attended by Jonathan is the biggest show of Native snese on earth–ip—–what is bad is bad——Re———Investigate how Buhari won the election with 5 yr old kids he imported from Mali—how certificate less Buhari got to Aso rock—with the aid of the CIA———-with clearance from Jega———————a free conscience fears no acccusation——

      • Rommel

        No evidence exists to prove your wild allegations,juxtapose however with the votes to Jonathan in the south south,at least in the north human beings voted but in the creeks,more than 70% of what Jonathan got were allocated to him by people like you

      • Mufu Ola

        Ignorant bunch! If “CIA” helped Buhari it’s bcos of the total wretchedness of GEJ. And where has your certificate taken u? Thinking like the famed almajiris.

        • veritas

          dude the CIA helped for reasons the Herd creatures will never know. Has any of you worked for the company or the brotherhood? so leave CIA actions outta your media information knowledge. you all know nothing about the GOD agencies. a 100 years from now you will all know the reason why. i know it today. but it matters not because the world war 3 is around the corner. i just cant wait for that. am happily waiting for it. Up up Russia.

          • Mufu Ola

            Mr know.What do you about KGB? Maybe they are part of the” plot” too.

          • veritas

            KGB is gone. its FSB now. Yes they are part of the plot. which isnt a bad idea i believe. Their own scheme is called the Avengers. its complicated trust me. and asking questions will put your life in danger. Both sides, CIA and FSB are gathering allies for the war that might happen soon. Syria is ignition for this.

          • Mufu Ola

            You are a very good conspiracy theorist.Keep it up! Where do Mossad fit into in all these?

          • veritas

            Nope they dont. Isreal dont have Foreign Policies like the other colony creating modern super powers. They only care about protecting their citizens and not regime change. And this is today’s kinda warfare and its not a conspiracy. We all know two nations wanna be the Big dogs and you cant have 2 Big dogs as alpha males. I know where i have worked before and what we do. Nigeria is a very important and strategic colony for dominant countries who would want to expand their Black Africa presence and control for resource control in case of another war. Japan did it during the second world war

      • Mufu Ola

        Jonathan is ashamed of appearing in public, especially in decent circles. I give him credit for that.What with his wife’s banditry thrown open to the public.

  • Burning Spear

    9jas Beware of the HIRED hail Hitlers—-of Buhari—-and the paid trolls- like Ibo man Rummel—here fa!!!——Does the American constitution allow the USA government –to openly back the nomination of a government or a Presidential candidate in Africa–during elections——?–Nigeria is a Sovereign country–That was why the US Ambassador”to Nigeria, had no right to be at the ICC with Jega!!¨¨—Besides —CAN as an association of Nigerian Christian Churches– have all the rights in the world to back any candidate of their choice—- as they did with THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE APES IN APC—————————————-Osibanjo is a Pastor of the Redeemed Church of the Yorubas—–in Nigeria——-In spite of——-members of the church all over Nigeria, being secretly advised by the head of the Church not to vote for–ZONATAN as we also saw with the Catholic Church—————–via Father Mbaka and his fake prophesies—Nonetheless-Bingo Buhari did not win the 2015 elections-with votes from Malians and Chadians ati those from Niger Republic that Bingo Buhari imported into the country—now busy killing Dogs and humans alike in the South and the Fulani North–never————–It was the CIA officials via the US ambassador to Nigeria- that directed Jega to announce those fake results- to the crowd and even threatened via Premium Times to put Orubebe on trial at the HAGUE when he complained———————about the 1.9m votes Kano gave—Bingo Buhari–Aware the number of registered voters were 1.9 in Kano—None of them in Jegas personal estimations, reported sick–All the 1.9m electorates voted for Bingo Buhari—–Aware equally that, the late father of Obama from Kenya is also Fulani like Bingo Buhari———————-U can now understand why the present USA government often deals with governors, Sultans and emirs from the North—–An indication that the US government—was really behind the creation of Boko haram-as being speculated——-by certain Nigerians———–Same as they cloned Bin Laden to overthrow the Saudi government——–Separation is the answer not the Rule of the Yorubas Fulanis—and their——-Ibo collaborators in APC—–We warned Nigerians about the dangers of having Fulani Buhari-as President——But they refused to heed our pleas to them—via the treachery of the Yoruba———-traitors——who betrayed Jonathan by helping the Fulanis to rig Gej out at the polls with their Islamic jihadist sentiments-

    • Uzoma John

      Chief mourner. Election was lost and won since last year. The thing still dey pain you. You unleashed the BH, e no work, unleash Avengers, e no work, una blow pipelines, e no work, una steal all our money, we discover them and dey collect the thing small small. Mama Pieces come carry her hand bring herself out. Now she dey hold our $100m. We go collect everything. Shameless people. What runs in your DNAs is stealing. Ndi oshi.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Jonathan should never have conceded victory to certificate forger and perjurer Mohammadu (alias Customs and Exercise, President Michelle of Western Germany) Buhari..

    • Uzoma John

      The thing pain you well well. Wailer. By now you and your Jonathan would have received Gbagbo’s treatment. Militant.

    • Julius

      Get out of Nigeria so you wont have to raise your blood pressure over our issues. Move to biafraud. Na by force ?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Buhari has finally accepted that foreign powers worked with him to remove Jonathan, what a brainless stooge ? Buhari is exposing and hanging his handlers out to dry. Buhari does not understand that there is s high degree of immorality in assembling foreign powers to help him remove a Nigerian president.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      I’m sure you only read the headline or you are just being your mischievous self as usual. ‘The president said several factors including foreign pressure and contributions by INEC ensured a smooth transition’,comprehende?I’m replying to you because you and your ilk who only read news headlines will go to town misinforming your gullible brothers and sisters about how great the Don is.

      • Original_Raskal

        did booohari say foreign powers helped him or not? olodo!

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          No, he didn’t say that, madman

        • veritas

          well said. dont mind the others and their illiteracy. tribal xenophobic people who hate Jonathan because he is not of their tribe. Like the case of the Pope and Galileo. Galileo said to the pope look into this thing i invented called a telescope. if you see the earth revolves around the Sun and there are other planets with many moons. the pope looked, saw this and blocked his eyes saying “i dont see it”. and he said to his troops hang this man for his blasphemy. the pope denied the truth because the old beliefs of earth being centred and all in the universe helps his own existence and that of the church. So you see why such people like these lots would never accept a truth before their very eyes because whatever wrong happened or is going on in Nigeria favours their group or tribe.

          • Mufu Ola

            The problem is that you people have inferiority complex.That’s why u think some people don’t like Jona because of his tribe.Shed your complex & be free!

          • veritas

            i dont see myself as inferior to any homo sapiens. My brain is operating at over 20% capacity now. Most professors and brightest humans so far all operate at 10% and 15%. i spoke the truth on my comment you replied. I dont like Jonathan because he and his wife carried the wrong crowd along and allowed criminals (tom Polo, Asari, Boy loaf and other ex militants) access to government. And even awarded them contracts and blessed them to be billionaires after they killed thousands of Nigerians. he did a lot of wrong. but not as much as OBj. i am reasonable and see it as unfair that people online blame the man GEJ for Nigeria’s problems which has been 57 years in the making. I know why. Obj said recently “The 1st time they give power to the minority south they ran the most corrupt government in the history of this country”. If my memory is as good as its always been, I remember Obj being Elshaddai God of Nigeria and whatever he says 75% of the short termed memory Nigerians believe him. Read peoples comments here and you see its based on tribal sentiments.

      • Mufu Ola

        He’s a semi illiterate who can’t understand issues until you break it down into simplest terms for him to understand.And he knows a lot about other peoples’ ” illiteracy”.

        • Onike24

          He isn’t! He is a bigoted mischievous lying liar, who actively seeks the demise of Nigeria.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            HABA !! All this name calling is unfair, I am just contributing my little to the democratic process, why are you guys so intolerant of discerning views ? Must we all dance to the same Fulani skelewu music ?

          • Onike24

            Okay no vex, you know I am not intolerant, but you really must stop your ethnic slant on every issue, You don’t have to approve of PMB, but be honest in your critic of his administration

        • Julius

          lolz, break it down for him bro.

      • Julius

        Yes ooo. The hypocrite see what he wanted to see.

        • Tunji Olarewaju

          Lolzzzz! It’s only the minutest part of his brain that works, and that’s only for cynicism

          • Julius

            Are you sure he has brain to begin with ? I wont bet on it bro.

          • Tunji Olarewaju

            Lolzzzz! ROTFL!

          • Julius

            lolz. Abi oo !

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        The catch phrase is “foreign pressure” and to whose benefit ?

    • Uzoma John

      You no dey tire. Ike ona’gwukwa gi. Eji kwa m’ogu o.

    • Julius

      Can you read well or you do not understand English.I thought you the Ibos invented English language/ grammar. The president clearly said several factors. Read it again.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        That does not diminish the fact that he connived with a foreign gang-up to undermine and remove a President of Nigeria.

        • Julius

          so, to you making sure that the election was properly run is ganging up to undermine and remove the president ? Please, tell me that you are joking .

        • Mufu Ola

          Your semi illiteracy won’t abate soon. Buhari did not say foreign powers ‘helped’ him win election.What he was saying (if u & your co illiterates don’t understand) is that it was foreign pressure that stopped Jonathan from losing his head & causing delay or chaos in the transition. It’s good to have good education & understand simple logic without anybody spliting dullards’ brains & feeding facts into them like babies.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Stop putting words into Buhari’s mouth, he has confessed that he was assisted by his foreign handlers and here you are still dwelling on lies.

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  • AlBsure23

    The mistake Jonathan made was he treated Nigerians like human beings. If he had known, he would have ruled like Mugabe of Zimbabwe, like a tyrant, dictatorship and a fascist.

    • Julius

      If he had done otherwise, he would have been dead by now. He knew it , his wife and the thieves around him knew it. He did it fr self preservation. He tried to rig the election but, failed. No, the problem is Nigerians treated and still treating him like a human being .

  • thusspokez

    “It is therefore, our commitment to these ideal, the patriotic zeal of President Jonathan

    Jonathan has patriotic zeal, says President Buhari. but may I remind PremiumTimes readers of the following PremiumTimes shameful headline written by one Ben Ezeamaluin in August 18, 2016:

    “Presidency begins probe of Jonathan, wife, over alleged link to Niger Delta bombings”

    “A top government source, quoting intelligence reports, told this newspaper that it had now been established that some of the oil installations bombed in the Niger Delta had actually been mined while President Jonathan was in power, just before the 2015 election, by some of the militants and operatives known to be very close to him.”

    Maybe it is amnesia associated with Buhari’s age that he can’t remember his administration, in effect, once calling GEJ a traitor.

  • ayobamiba

    GEJ remains a great patriot,the best President Nigeria ever produced. He is loving, compassionate, resourceful, just,fair minded,sincere and truthful. Jonathan’s only sin against Nigeria was to have allowed APC the latitude to fraudulently take power in Nigeria. To me that breach of a fundamental trust of nigerians is unpardonable.
    Fellow citizens, evil can never give birth to good no matter the white Washing. Darkness can never give birth to light ,no matter the pandering, Lies can never turn into truth ,no matter how many times it is repeated. Devil can never become Christ no matter her cunning craftiness.
    APC is a terrible axis of evil,APC is a nest of wickedness ,APC is a convergence of darkness. No amount of media propaganda and conspiracy of silence can change a formidable evil conclave like APC into a progressive house.a marriage of vile whoremongers,homosexuals, prostitutes, murderers, armed robbers,occultists,etc can’t produce salvation .I will forever hold it against GEJ for allowing the budding of the most sophisticated evil and satanic house in Nigeria. As long as APC lives in Nigeria, so long shall Nigeria nation continue to die a slow and steady death in every ramifications. The death and disintegration of APC will bring life back to Nigeria. APC is a death certificate for Nigeria. Just 18 months of APC hold on Nigeria, the unimaginable have happened to this nation, fuel 145 per liter,a bag of rice 22,000, vegetable oil 20,000 for 25 liters,bag of floor 15,000,naira 535 to a dollar,Nigerian citizens being rounded up and murdered in cold blood by herdsmen, elections back to the inglorious days of results writing by inec. Nigeria hotly divided to the marrow.Nigeria on the verge of forceful religious conversion, economy on recession. Buhari about to sell off choice assets of Nigeria to his cronies. What a bad episode for Nigeria. May God Almighty implode,explode and utterly damage this evil APC so that Nigeria shall live again.

  • George

    Foreign pressure indeed and that is why the Philippine president called Obama the son of a whose who should go to hell.

    Fraud Jega INEC help you the most and the wicked Homosexual agent in the western world but will they come and help you govern now as you have confused now with the power in your wicked hands.

    Please let GEJ be and face your miserable life in ASO ROCK.

  • ahmed

    Allah bless Jonathan. Allah and Jonathan disappointed Buhari because Buhari wanted to kill the Southerners if Jonathan did not handover him. Buhari boosted that if he failed like 2011 by grace of Allah blood will flow.. Buhari should be ashamed of himself. Allah will not forgive Buhari until he ask for forgiveness from Nigeria. Many people died on the road running back to his or her home town from the North because Buhari want to drink innocent blood. I will not forgive Buhari because I almost loss my wife and children running back to Edo State.

  • Kwarruption

    See what “foreign pressure” has done to Nigerians!

    • veritas

      its only just began. more is yet to come and we will suffer it. once Hilary wins, the show is on.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    ‘Foreign pressure helped you to power’? Buhari, when will you learn to speak properly in public? So foreign pressure gave you the 3 million votes over Jonathan?

    Let’s see how foreign pressure would help you retain power, come 2019!