I will continue to Respect and hold Goodluck Jonathan in high esteem – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended former president Goodluck Jonathan, for accepting defeat in 2015 election without any fight.
Buhari lauded his predecessor on Thursday night, October 18, while hosting members of the Kannywood entertainment industry to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, NAN reports.
“I’ll continue to hold former president Jonathan in high esteem as a result of that singular act.
“He (Jonathan) was in power as deputy governor, governor (Bayelsa), vice-president and president, all for about 10 years and he voluntarily accepted defeat and surrendered power to me,’’ he said.
At the dinner, President Buhari vowed to end the scourge of Boko Haram sect soon.
“It’s totally wrong for any believer in God to kill innocent people either in the Mosque, Church or the market place. You can’t be shouting Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great), Allahu Akbar, and killing innocent citizens and destroying properties all in the name of God. It is either you don’t know what you are saying or you don’t even believe in the existence of God Almighty. God has nothing to do with injustice. So, now we are confronting them and by the grace of God we will destroy them.’’
Earlier in his remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, expressed the hope that Buhari had been guaranteed at least five million votes in the 2019 presidential election by the fans and followers of the entertainers.
The president further enjoined members of the Kannywood industry to use their respective talents in promoting the culture of peaceful co-existence and unity among the diverse socio-political groups in the country.
On their part, representatives of the Kannywood entertainers, who spoke at the event, pledged to mobilise support for Buhari and other All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state and his counterpart of Plateau, Simon Lalong as well as presidential aides were among the personalities that attended the event.
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, said foreign powers helped President Muhammadu Buhari emerge victorious in the 2015 general election.
Jonathan blamed his loss in the election on former United States president, Barack Obama; ex-British prime minister, David Cameron and ex French president, Francois Hollande, who he said aided President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.