- Nigeria's ex-president Jonathan has sent words of advice to world leaders to ensure they don't hold on to power at the expense of their personal honour
- The Nigerian leader said leaders should not pursue the personal ambitions at the cost of the lives of their citizens
- Though Jonathan did not mention any names, his timely statement holds some relevance with the current situations in the US
Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan has advised all leaders across the world not to hold on to power at the cost of losing honour.
Jonathan in a brief statement posted on its Facebook page on Friday, November 6, said no leader's ambition is worth the blood of any citizen.
"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."
In 2015, Jonathan conceded defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, rescuing the country from a situation that could have led to nationwide violence.
While Jonathan did not mention any leader's name, the statement bears relevance to the developments unfolding in the presidential election in the United States.
Though the election was conducted on Tuesday, November 3, a winner is yet to emerge as vote counting is still ongoing in some states.
However, the Democratic Party's candidate, Joe Biden, is ahead of the incumbent president, Donald Trump.
At the time of this report, Biden has secured 264 electoral votes while Trump is trailing with 214 votes.
To emerge the winner, a candidate has to secure 270 electoral votes which Biden is already close to getting.
Nevertheless, President Trump has hinted that he would not concede defeat if he loses to Biden as he accuses the electoral authorities of fraud.
In his speech on Thursday, November 5, President Trump challenged the results of the presidential election, claiming it was rigged against him.
Similarly, a son of the US president, Donald Trump Jr, has backed his father’s unproven claims alleging that there is massive fraud being carried out in the US presidential election.
Trump Jr in a tweet called on his father to wage total war against those he believed were cheating in the presidential election.
"The best thing for America’s future is for @realDonaldTrump to go to total war over this election to expose all of the fraud, cheating, dead/no longer in state voters, that has been going on for far too long. It’s time to clean up this mess & stop looking like a banana republic!"
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