i. Unlike Charles Taylor, you believe your
country (Nigeria) is greater than you, so
you have admitted defeat without war.
ii. Unlike Gbagbo, you have conceded and
you are ready to inaugurate a new
government headed by your opponent.
iii. Unlike Robert Mugabe, you haven’t
manipulated election to keep you in office.
iv. Unlike Mahmud Ghadaffi, you believe
the people have the right to choose their
v. Unlike Hosni Mubarak, you’ve refused to
use the security forces against your
vi. Unlike Babangida, you are not ready to
set up interim government because
you’ve lost peoples’ confidence and
vii. Unlike Abacha, you don’t consider Aso
Rock your father’s house, so you are not
going to die for it.
viii. Unlike Obasanjo, you’ve appointed a
free and unbiased umpire as the
chairman of INEC (Jega against Iwu).
ix. Unlike Aregbesola, you’ve never
believed in violent polls, so you haven’t
asked your supporters to go to polling
booths with charms and ammunitions.
x. Unlike Shagari, you would never hand
over to a military president, so you’ve
conducted a transparent election.
xi. Unlike Obasanjo, you don’t believe
election is a “do or die” affair, rather, you
believe that “one’s ambition worth the
blood of nobody”.
xii. Unlike many Nigeria’s politicians,
you’ve openly accepted defeat and don’t
blame INEC for your loss.
xiii. Unlike many African presidents, you’ve
become the first sitting African president
to conduct election which you’ve lost.
As you bow out of office come May 29,
may you bow into peace, happiness,
wealth, good health, prosperity, and long
by Emeka Emmanuel