Former President Goodluck Jonathan said his decision to hand over power after his defeat in the 2015 presidential poll is now causing pains to some of his former aides.
Several of the former aides, according to him, are now facing trial in various courts, while others are suffering because of his decision.
Jonathan stated this while receiving youth groups, including National Association of Nigerian Students, Ijaw Youth Council and National Youth Council, at his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa state, as part of activities marking his sixtieth birthday.
To Jonathan, there is always a point in life, when sacrifice is inevitable, to save the future and promote peace in the society.
He explained that the differences between individuals at this junction, is the ability to let go, not minding how costly in the interests of the future generation.
“So, I am speaking to the future of this country, whatever sacrifices I have made as an individual or I discussed with my political party and others, because elections is not only about one person, we know a number of persons that are in court, not even me yet, who are suffering because of me.
“Politics is all about the people, so the decision I took, though I made the pronouncements, but it affected everybody. So, if we have made this kind of sacrifice and people are still sacrificing now, my plea with you is that you know that this country is in your hands,” he told the youths.