(By Silas Ofori)-The presentation of the book titled: ‘My Transition Hours’ in honour of Nigeria’s former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja was graced by Nigerians from all walks of life and across party lines.The book presentation was used to mark the 61st birthday anniversary of Dr. Jonathan.
The role call included Nigeria’s former vice president and Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; National Chairman of the All Progress Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, his PDP counterpart, Uche Secondus; former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who recently jumped ship from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, former Heads of State, Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalam Abubakar and former Vice President Namadi Sambo.
Other personalities who added colour to the event were the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Governors of Rivers, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Cross River, Delta and Abia States; General TY Danjuma, as well as former President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma.
Speaking at the occasion, Nigeria’s former President Dr. Good luck Jonathan condemned the emerged malpractice of vote buying in Nigeria and demanded that it be criminalized to serve as a deterrent to desperate politicians. According to him, the development is not only retrogressive but also inconsistent with global best practices, just as it subverts the will of Nigerians to freely choose their leaders at all levels.
In his own remarks, another former leader, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, who chaired the occasion, lauded Dr. Jonathan on his 61st birthday anniversary as well his peaceful handover of power in 2015, urging Nigerians to stand up against hooligans who are desperate for political offices, insisting that they are self serving and have nothing to offer the citizens.
Also speaking that the event, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, lauded Dr. Jonathan on his birthday as well as his contributions to the deepening of democracy in Nigeria, adding that he has become an inspiration to the youths of Nigeria.