Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Kano - Nigeria’s former Permanent
Representative to the United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule, has commended
President Goodluck Jonathan for exhibiting good
‘’sportsmanship’’ in conceding victory to his opponent in Saturday’s
Maitama made the remark while addressing newsmen in Kano on
‘’President Jonathan is a statesman rather than a politician
for conceding defeat,’’ he said.
According to him, by his decision to concede defeat,
Jonathan is above a politician.
‘’President Jonathan has proved to be above a politician,
his stand was also seen as a good start for the establishment of virile
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"Jonathan is not a politician, but a statesman. A
politician thinks of election while a statesman thinks of the nation.
"By this singular action, he has laid a solid foundation
for democracy to thrive,’’ Sule said.
"What I have
been calling for has now come to reality. I have been praying for good
"I have seen a good leader in the present leader, President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
"We had had elections in Nigeria but we have never had the
incumbent congratulating the president-elect; he is a statesman,’’ he said.
He noted that Jonathan has proved to be one of the greatest
leaders Nigeria has had, noting that ‘’this will surely help in having a
The former diplomat urged Buhari to ensure justice and
fairness to all Nigerians irrespective of political or religious inclination.
‘’Buhari should take the nation as his constituency. He
should be just and fair to all Nigerians," he said.