Shola Oyeyipo
Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has been named as the Nigerian leader who created a new political history for Nigeria by giving the country its first peaceful presidential election and rare transition of power to an opposition party since Nigeria’s independence in 1960.
On March 31, 2016, marks exactly a year after Jonathan conceded presidential election victory to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, giving Nigeria a rancour-free exchange of power.
Commending the former president’s show of statesmanship, a Lagos based development analyst, Azonobi Peter, said Jonathan’s gesture ushered Nigeria and Nigerians into an era of presidential peaceful election and a new political cultural development, which he said must be sustained.
“Presidential election being the epicentre of the political life of our nation, and in keeping alive the momentum of that presidential peaceful election to impact on future elections and the needed critical soft infrastructure are the future where Nigerian politics will be peacefully played, nurtured, grown and developed to enhance the quality of political, social and economic lives of Nigerians,” he said.
Azonobi, who said he is working on two books in 2016 and 2017 for the advancement of peaceful presidential election with the view that Nigeria has a peaceful presidential elections in 2019 and 2023, said: “There is need for Nigerians to change the way we live as a nation.”