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Jonathan Confident Of Winning, But Says Not Desperate To Serve

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The two major contenders for next Saturday’s presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Head of State, Gen, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the signing of a violence-free Peace Accord in Abuja in January. As the countdown continues, Nigerians and the world look forward to free, fair and credible elections next Saturday and on April 14.

The two major contenders for next Saturday’s presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Head of State, Gen, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the signing of a violence-free Peace Accord in Abuja in January. As the countdown continues, Nigerians and the world look forward to free, fair and credible elections next Saturday and on April 14.

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has expressed confidence that he would “surely” win next Saturday’s presidential election.

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired yesterday, the President said: “I’ll surely win. I will surely win it… My party is still the strongest party.”

But in Abuja yesterday at a public launch of a book, ‘The People’s Choice: The story of President Goodluck Jonathan,’ written by Rev. Fr. Charles Imokhai, a Catholic Priest based in Auchi, Edo State, the President stated that his seeking second term in office was not out desperation, but out of the desire to give quality leadership to Nigerians.

He advised politicians interested in occupying any elective position, either at state or federal level, not to be desperate, saying that was why he has remained unruffled despite the various things that had been said or written about him.

On Boko Haram and the fight against insurgency, Jonathan stated told BBC: “I’m very hopeful that it will not take us more than a month to recover the old territories that hitherto have been in Boko Haram’s hands.

“They are getting weaker and weaker by the day,” he told the BBC, while admitting government’s/military’s slow response to the initial threats by the insurgents in the northeast.

He added: “We never expected that (Boko Haram) will build up that kind of capacity. We under-rated their external influence. Since after the civil war, we’ve not fought any war, we don’t manufacture weapons, so we had to look for help to re-equip our army and the Air Force.”

Speaking on the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the President said: “We have not seen dead girls, that is the good news. I believe they are still alive. I believe we will get them.”

On violence during his presidency: Jonathan stated: “Whatever goes wrong, I accept. Whatever goes right, I take the glory. Whenever I hear that somebody dies in Nigeria… I feel pain, because they are all Nigerians.”

Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Kenneth Minimah, had earlier in the week noted that there were no traces of the girls yet in all the towns and villages retaken from the insurgents.

Yesterday’s book launch was an opportunity for former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, to provide an insight into some of the incidents that preceded the nation’s 30-month-old civil war, especially the Aburi Accord, which he said a lot of people had misconceived.

Over N175m was donated by individuals and groups at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja venue of the launch of the four-part book, which chronicles the life of the President, including his educational background, political career and family among others.

The President said: “My second message is to all of us, especially those of us who are politicians, that for all of us who want to serve, we should ‎be ready to serve, but we should not be desperate to serve our people.

“Sometimes, people ask me Mr. President, from what we read and what we see, we see you still smiling and unruffled. Yes, nothing will really ruffle me because I am willing and ready to serve, but I am not desperate to serve. That is what keeps me going. The only things needed are readiness and willingness.

“All of us who want to hold offices, if all of us are always ready and willing to serve our people, but we are not desperate in our mission, then of course Nigeria will be a better place for all of us.”

The President, who described the story of his life as a humble one, noted that most previous accounts of his life so far published in the past were not accurate.

He stated that the book presented yesterday provided an account that is close to being accurate, as he would write the most accurate one after leaving office.

He promised that as long as he remains the President, he would continue to come up with programmes that will help young people.

While expressing confidence that beneficiaries of his administration’s ‘YouWin Programme’ would be shocking the country in the next 10 to 15 years, the President also said a product of the Almijiri schools being established by his government would one day become the President of the country.

He said that was why he is passionate about education and decided to increase the number of federal universities across the country.

Jonathan made it clear that the money realised from the launch was neither going to his pocket nor that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), explaining that the organisers plan to set up a Foundation and use the proceeds to embark on projects that would impact positively on the country and its citizens.

Gowon, who chaired the occasion in the place of an elder statesman, Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule, used the opportunity to clear the air on the agreement he reached with former Biafran leader, the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, later known as the Aburi Accord.

He explained that Odumegwu-Ojukwu made a statement that was contrary to what they discussed at the venue of the accord and got away with it because he (Gowon) was down with fever when Odumegwu-Ojukwu returned to make the statement.

“I have seen that you (the author) have gone back in history in your research when Ojukwu and myself had the Aburi Accord.

“I was fascinated by that because I can assure you that that meeting was to break the ice and for all of us allow the military leaders at the time to agree to be discussing our problems in Nigeria and to solve them.

“What happened to us at Aburi was that I couldn’t make it down because I was unfortunately down with a fever. Ojukwu got back and made a statement and that wasn’t what we discussed and that was the beginning of the misunderstanding, not because we agreed to work with Ojukwu.

“Since you presented that we had a meeting, I thought I should make that comment and to correct that,” he said.

Gowon advised Nigerians to vote their conscience during next Saturday’s presidential elections, not minding their religious differences.

“Vote your conscience, but vote right. I hope all of you here will do the right thing and vote for the people’s choice,” he said.

The author said he wrote the book as an encouragement for the President to continue with his good works and likened Jonathan to a Catholic priest, who always hears what he did wrongly, but does not hear what he did rightly.

The book reviewer, Prof Richard King, said although many books had been written on Jonathan, this was the first time an in-depth mention would be made about almost everything about the President.



16 Comments
  • resilient

    thats the spirit sir… You have us behind you…#open support for GEJ….he is not threatening anyone unlike GMB

  • jay speaks

    now this is what i call the spirit of sportsmanship,unlike GMB who sees it as a do or die affair…..

    • Jonathan

      What’s sportsman-like about postponing elections because you are about to lose?

  • mallam lamido

    Nigerians have seen who u really are and have decided that you must come back to serve. We want a leader who understands the people, a leader who has what it takes to lead dis country to the greatest history of achievement in Africa. Honestly, we declare u winner and above all, God has chosen you & made u a winner. Keep the spirit up sir

  • habib dauda

    The people of Nigeria will definitely return president GEJ, because of His unprecedented achievements for Nigeria. This is obvious, however, desperadoes should learn from the spirit of electioneering as displayed by president GEJ…..who remains humble, calm, peaceful,respectful, even in an obvious fact of victory assured….. #GEJ4Naija

    • Ibrahim M

      You can say that again, well said. We march FORWARD. #GEJ4Naija

    • Jonathan

      Yes it’s definitely unprecedented for a President to allow a group to murder 13,000 Nigerians, and take over big chunks of Nigerian territory without giving a response till elections came around.

      That’s definitely an unprecedented achievement, and Nigerians will kick him out come the 28th.

      • habib dauda

        MY friend please note that to fight a war as this requires planning, arms, intelligence and so on all these take time but thank GOD there is response now and it is yielding fruits.

  • Ojebe

    You are not desperate but you can visit South West more than 5 times in a month just because of election. Did you do that in 2011? You are not desperate but you are dolling out dollars for all kinds of people. So if you are to be desperate, what would you have done? Killing all the opposition members? You are a joker and deceiver. Only the people who are benefiting from your incompetent leadership will continue to praise you. After all they are happy that they will continue to traffic in drugs to foreign countries even when those countries are ready to hang them. They know that stealing is not corruption and will not want any government that will send them to 20 years in jail for such a crime but a clueless government of yours that will pardon the criminal as you did to Alamiesigha. Trust me, you will soon know that this year election will be decided by Yorubas and whether the likes of the miscreants in Yoruba land promising you will be able to save you in the next one week still remains to be seen. I can’t wait to see how you will react when the results begin to trick in from 29th.

    • PINCO

      COW DEFINE THE MEANING OF DESPERATE AMU EFI

  • Ibrahim M

    President Jonathan remains humble, respectful and fully committed to nation development. Such a real Nationalist, such a true Democrat. We insist on #TransformationContinuity #GEJ4Naija

    • Jonathan

      A true democrat would not shift elections at the eleventh hour like a coward. The whole world can see what this clueless coward is doing, and we will give him the boot on March 8th.

      • Ibrahim M

        Cowardice is running away from Presidential debate, if Buhari had any iota of credibility, he wouldn’t be so afraid. FYI, INEC shifted the elections because they as we have all come to know for certain were not ready. #NO2Buhari

        • Jonathan

          Really? You know GEJ “ran away” from the debate in 2011, right? Why should Buhari debate this clown that moves elections and cheats in every way that he can cheat?

          And about the postponement, that is nonsense, and you know it. Everyone from Nigerians to the US state department knew the postponement excuses had nothing to do with the goal of giving GEJ more time because he was about to lose. We all know it.

          I thought the reason for the postponement was security. Why is it now that they were not ready?

          You GEJ apologists are hilarious. You are lying with no conscience and trying to take up for this incompetent man.

  • agbobu

    YET THIS WILL BE THE OUTCOME SO SAY WE THE PEOPLE
    BUHARI will win very convincingly in 26 State and these include the largest number of registered voters voters. IT IS NOW VERY OFFICIAL NIGERIA WILL BE REDEEMED FROM THE CLAWS OF SHYLOCKS AND EXTREMELY VERY CORRUPT AND VERY CLUELESS GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS GOD FORSAKEN ADMINISTRATION. THANK YOU ALMIGHTY GOD AND WE THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA WILL NEVER EVER STOP SINGING YOUR PRAISE. THE STATES BUHARI WILL CARRY ARE, GOMBE, JIGAWA,, KADUNA, KANO, KATSINA, KEBBI, KWARA, KOGI, KWARA, LAGOS, NASARAWA, NIGER, OGUN, PLATEAU, RIVERS, ABUJA, ADAMAWA, SOKOTO, BAUCHI, YOBE, ONDO ZAMFARA, ABUJA, TARABA, EDO, EKITI, BORNU. TOSS UP STATES ARE IMO, AKWA IBOM, CROSS RIVER, EBONYI, BENUE. ANAMBRA, ABIA MAY FALL FOR THE 419 SCHEME OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN THAT HE IS AND IGBO PERSON HENCE THE NAMES EBELE AND AZIKIWE AND THAT THE MOTHER OF HIS WIFE IS IBO

  • Bestvoice123

    I am optimistic that you will win this election my dear president. Congratulations in advance sir. Carry go o!!!!!!! #GEJ4Naija