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Details of Jonathan and Buhari’s telephone conversation

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On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, as the final results of the Presidential election (held on Saturday, March 28, 2015) was being announced by Independent National Electoral Commission, President Goodluck Jonathan (57) called General Muhammadu Buhari (72) at 5:15 pm to congratulate him on his victory.

The conversation, neither confirmed by the Presidency nor General Buhari’s camp, flooded the cyberspace on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

And here’s the purported telephone conversation:

Jonathan’s aide: Your Excellency, Sir.

Buhari’s aide: Good evening.

Jonathan’s aide: Hope I’m speaking with General Buhari, Sir.

Buhari’s aide: Yes.

Jonathan’s aide: Ok, President Goodluck Jonathan will like to speak with you, Sir.

Buhari’s aide: Ok, ok… I’m connecting you, Sir.

Jonathan: Your Excellency.

Buhari’s aide: Hold on …I’ll connect you, Sir.

The phone rings twice.

Jonathan: Your Excellency.

Buhari’s aide: Hold on, Sir.

Buhari: Your Excellency.

Jonathan: Your Excellency, how are you?

Buhari: I’m alright, thank you very much, Your Excellency.

Jonathan: (laughs) Congratulations!

Buhari: Thank you very much, Your Excellency (laughs).

Jonathan: Yeah, so how are things?

Buhari: (laughs) Well…

Jonathan: So, you’d find time to come one of these days so that we can sort out how to plan the transition period.

Buhari: Thank you very much, Your Excellency.

Jonathan: Congratulations!

Buhari: Thank you.

Jonathan: Ok.

Buhari: My respect, Your Excellency.

The conversation appeared tense – but saved the country from turmoil and strife… and possibly civil war!

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