– Raila Odinga appreciated the move by Goodluck Jonathan in conceding defeat after losing the presidential election
– The former Kenyan prime minister said the action renewed hope in Africa’s democratic system
– He also saluted President Buhari for his anti-corruption crusade
Raila Odinga who is a former Kenyan prime minister has applauded former president, Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat in the 2015 presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari.
The Punch reports that the former prime minister said Jonathan’s action had renewed the hope for democracy in Africa as his action gave credibility to the African and Nigerian electoral processes.
Odinga made this comment at the 2016 Zik lecture series at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Anambra state.
He said: “Before then most African leaders would not concede defeat as an incumbent.”
Former President Goodluck Jonathan
He noted that dictatorship, corruption and ethnicity were the major problems hindering development in Africa.
“Ethnicity is the disease of the elite. They are the people who would always fan the embers of ethnicity and divisive tendencies whenever they lose their selfish interest.”
Odinga also applauded President Buhari for his seriousness in fighting corruption.
He described the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe as a foremost Pan-Africanist whose pioneering role in the liberation of the African continent was unprecedented.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who was the chairman of the occasion described Azikiwe as “the greatest Igbo man to come out of Nigeria.”
The former vice president also spoke about the issue of education and described it as very important which should not be in the hand of government alone.
He said:“The importance of education to modern societies and their people cannot be overemphasised. Education is too important to be left in the hands of government alone. Education should not depend solely on the ebbs and flows of government revenues.
“It is education that took me from a small village in Adamawa State to the position that I attained today and helped me to make the modest contribution that I have made so far to our country and humanity. And every Nigerian child should have similar opportunities to reach his or her full potential.
“I could not have gone to school if my parents were required to pay for it. That and the importance of education to nation building is the reason why I strongly believe that primary and secondary education should be free and compulsory in our country and indeed across Africa.”