It Is Better To Lose Power And Gain Honour – Jonathan
Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Friday said it is better to lose power and gain honour.
Jonathan, who made this known in a Facebook post, said he was recommending the ‘philosophy’ to all leaders facing ‘challenging situations at the polls.’
He wrote, “Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any citizen. It is better to gain honour at the cost of losing power than to gain power at the cost of losing honour.
“At any point in time, the power of love should matter more than the love of power.
“This is my philosophy. I have lived it. It has brought great peace to both my beloved nation and I. And I recommend it to all leaders facing challenging situations, either in government, or at the polls, or even in their dealings with fellow political actors.”
Jonathan, who sought reelection on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Although Jonathan was not specific about the world ‘leaders’ he made the recommendation to, his statement was made at a time when the United States is electing a new president to lead the nation for another four years.
The incumbent American President, Donald Trump, and his Democrat challenger Joe Biden are presently slugging it out at the polls but the electoral college votes are tilting in favour of Biden who is some figures shy from the magic number of 270.