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Don't handover Nigeria to thieves, Obasanjo warns Nigerians as Buhari absent at Jonathan's book launch


Don't handover Nigeria to thieves. Obasanjo warns Nigerians as Buhari absence at Jonathan's book launch






The echoes of the 2015 presidential
election won by President Muhammadu Buhari reverberated on Tuesday as
former President Goodluck Jonathan presented his book, ‘My Transition
Hours,’ to the public in Abuja.





Dignitaries that included Buhari, former
Heads of State in Nigeria and West Africa, former ministers and
traditional rulers took turns to shower encomiums on the former
President for conceding defeat in the election.





Buhari was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.





Jonathan himself admitted that some
unnamed individuals both in Nigeria and outside the country expressed
surprise at his decision.





He said the people concerned kept asking
him why he would allow the result of the election to stand without
contesting it in court.





But his guests took turns to commend him for the decision which they said led to the peace the nation currently enjoys.





Jonathan said the twin issue of Boko Haram insurgency and the abduction of Chibok girls were used against him during elections.





Jonathan said, “Whenever I travelled
out, people asked me, ‘why did you concede defeat, why did you make that
phone call. Why didn’t you go to court?’





“The book reviewer has revealed
everything and if you read the book, you will understand. The book
centres mainly on the election. I mentioned some negative things, it’s
like the life of an individual, it can be positive while it can also be
negative.





“There were certain issues in government
that were used against me during election, like the issue of Boko Haram
and the Chibok girls. In fact, some people said I brought Boko Haram to
reduce the voting population of the North so that I can win the
election.”





He added, “So, I commented on the Chibok
girls, it was one of the points that was really used by politicians. Of
course, I don’t blame them. Maybe if it was me, I would have done the
same thing.





“I also took the issue of corruption so
that young Nigerians will understand the issue, where it started if
anybody knows. I have made some suggestions to encourage future
governments to tackle corruption.





“I also used the opportunity to make a little suggestion about our elections.”





Jonathan raised the alarm over the issue of vote-buying which he said had become scandalous in the country.





He suggested a change in the way polling booths are erected as one of the ways of tackling the problem.





“The issue of vote-buying is becoming
scandalous in Nigeria. While inducing candidates is wrong and is
criminalised in other countries, in Nigeria it is seen as normal and
this is wrong.





“My suggestion is that we should begin
to look at the way we build polling booths, we should copy other
countries that use public buildings like schools for elections.





“So one school will be one polling unit
and it will be easier for the police to police that unit and it will be
difficult for someone who is in a classroom to show you his ballot paper
since you cannot pay somebody until you have access to see his ballot
paper. If we have a polling booth that you cannot access the ballot
paper, then the issue of outright vote-buying will reduce,” he said.

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