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As Jonathan Takes A Bow

Posted: May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Magnus Ugwubujor –  Lagos


As President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan hands over the reins of leadership of this great nation today to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari following the latter’s victory in the 2015 presidential election, the attitude of statesmanship which the outgoing President demonstrated by conceding defeat even before the results were officially announced is undoubtedly remarkable. Certainly, Nigerians and the international community would not forget the gesture in a hurry.

man-jonathan-in-the-newsOf course, this was a reflection of who he is; an amiable, peaceful and honourable gentleman. No doubt, he is a listening President and visionary one at that. Despite the barrage of criticisms of his leadership style, he is still loved and admired by many.

Indeed, as President Jonathan bows out, he would be the very first President in the history of democracy in Nigeria to leave office after his first term, defeated by the opposition. This is, of course, the beauty of democracy. Just like Buhari had said, this has set a new chapter for a more robust democratic process not just in Nigeria but also in the whole of Africa.

Analysts submit that the President has achieved a lot for Nigeria, so numerous to mention in different areas of our national life, but has also made mistakes. No President is a super human. Obviously, as Jonathan leaves office today, Nigerians still hold him in high esteem.

For keen observers of President Jonathan’s emergence, it is a known fact that he rose from nothing to greatness even as his name “Goodluck” implies. He served as deputy governor of Bayelsa state and later governor after the erstwhile governor Mr Diepreye Alamiesiegha was impeached in Dec. 2005. Jonathan became Vice President to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and later sworn in as substantive President in 2010, following the demise of Yar’ Adua. He was overwhelmingly voted to begin a fresh term as President in 2011.