“Incidentally, I found out days later that the request did not come from President-elect Buhari, but rather from overzealous party members. “Subsequently, both teams worked together effectively. It took weeks to gather all the data and statistics from the numerous Agencies and Departments of Government.”
The immediate past President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has revealed why he was initially scared for his people when Buhari came into power. He made the revelation in his new book, “My Transition Hours,” stating that he was worried the new administration would go after his supporters and that even if Buhari was not in on it, then other self-serving individuals might have pulled the trigger.
In the book, Jonathan said: “My concern was whether the incoming administration would go on a persecution spree of those who supported me or focus on nation-building. “Initially, the concern was not necessarily on the incoming President because having been a Governor and a President, I was very much aware that many unfortunate tendencies and measures come from different camps, especially those with strong connections to the corridors of power.
“Sometimes, the intentions of people around you are unclear and they take advantage of certain situations. I tried to have several discussions on this very subject directly with President-elect Buhari in our various meetings.” In the chapter of the book, Jonathan also pointed out times during the handover process where it seemed the APC wanted to probe his government even before he was out of office and how he handled the situation.
“Though we were from different political parties, the major undertaking for me after the election was to demonstrate that our country was far more important than partisan considerations and to ensure there was a smooth transition from my administration to the in. coming Buhari administration.” Jonathan said “My top priority was a peaceful Nigeria. We needed to relate in the interest of the country to have a peaceful handover in 2015.
“Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar, was most supportive. He encouraged both of us to meet on different occasions with the sole intention of putting Nigeria first. “By having these meetings, we created a concerted platform before the formal handover. “Unfortunately, what followed after the new government took charge was different. “The handover was just a formal ceremony.
Our initial meetings centred on moving the country forward. We managed to have some friendly productive talks. “As part of the handover programme, the incoming and outgoing governments set up transition teams designed to work together. “Initially, there was a misunderstanding. The incoming team wanted to bring in consultants to work with them.
I declined the request, assuring them that when the handover takes place, Permanent Secretaries and Directors would not leave with me since they are civil servants and will be available to brief the staff of the incoming President on all details. “I passionately opposed the idea knowing that it would send the wrong message and appear like they were investigating my government while I was still the President.
“Incidentally, I found out days later that the request did not come from President-elect Buhari, but rather from overzealous party members. “Subsequently, both teams worked together effectively. It took weeks to gather all the data and statistics from the numerous Agencies and Departments of Government.
“One may wonder if the transition was difficult for me having been President for five years. It was a mixed bag. I had no ill feelings because I meant well and wanted to do the best for my country. “Yes, there were some human errors along the way as is the case with all humans. I was glad that I handed over peacefully.”
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