By Radar

“Oh Jona! You lost the election but you won my heart”

– by Damasus Henry

Outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan won international acclaim for the dignified way that he accepted defeat after the election. He continued in the same vain yesterday, imploring world leaders and fellow Nigerians to show their fullest support to President elect, Gen. Buhari.

Damasus Henry shares his emotional reaction to the peaceful conclusion of election season.


I was left in tears when I read Presidents Goodluck’s congratulatory message to General Buhari.

I was not crying because I felt like crying, I was not crying because I’d supported him and he lost, but I cried because his words arrested my emotions.

He wished his opponent a good administration ahead, he congratulated him and accepted defeat.

I remember that, this time in 2011, the elections ended with a bitter taste in the mouth. Innocent Nigerians were killed in the streets in the aftermath.

But, this time, Buhari got a congratulatory message instead of threats. Jonathan wished him success and
has asked international leaders to grant him time and patience so he can make the most of his tenure.

A few weeks before this election, the people we call our leaders were busy sending threats to each other and leaving the poor masses gripped with fear. Some people left the country with fear of the aftermath of
the election.

But, Jonathan, you’ve restored peace by accepting defeat peacefully.

Oh! Jonathan, you’ve shown us that you’re a good man.

You’ve shown African leaders the true definition of democracy. You wished not to alter the
result of the elections with your powers, you wished not to cancel the election when you probably could.

Posterity will never forget you wherever you go.

am still your fan for life.

You’re a good gentleman but surrounded by ingrates and fools that care for their pockets alone.

Oh Jona! You lost the election but won my heart…



Read Roland Digieneni’s analysis of the 2015 elections here.