By Ibidapo Balogun
In an emotion-laden voice, President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said he would continue to serve the country as long as he lives, stating that he was grateful to the country for the opportunity given him to serve.
“As long as I live I will continue to serve Nigeria because Nigeria has been good to me,” the president said in his valediction at Anglican Church in Abuja.
He said if soldiers that had not received as much as he had received from Nigeria could lay down their lives for the country, why would he not make sacrifice for Nigeria?
The president said the decision to concede defeat to General Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28 presidential poll did not come easy but that he had to do it to give peace to the country.
He said the ambition of any individual is not worth plunging the country into a political crisis.
The Primate of Anglican Church Nicholas Okoh described President Jonathan as a statesman.
“You are now a statesman. From now on, Nigeria will need you, Africa will need you, the Black World will need you,” he said.
President Jonathan and wife, Patience, offered thanks to God for a successful tenure.
Some of those who spoke at the service like former Information Minister, Prof. Jerry Gana, and Minister of Power, Chinebu Nebo, commended Jonathan for conceding defeat, describing him as a man of peace.