61st Birthday: Goodluck Jonathan to launch book ‘My Transition Hours’

61st Birthday: Goodluck Jonathan to launch book ‘My Transition Hours’

61st Birthday: Goodluck Jonathan to launch book

Learn the piece by Reno Omokri beneath…

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the Face of Democracy in Africa, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, can be 61 years previous. On that very same day, he can be presenting his sensible book, My Transition Hours, to the general public.

Lastly, by way of that book, the world will get to see the person behind shut doorways and can, I hope, discovered that no Nigerian chief has proven the extent of self sacrifice, self management and restraint that former President Jonathan confirmed throughout and after his five-year tenure as President.

Nonetheless, due to a protracted succession of brutal navy dictators starting from 1966 and persevering with even into the appearance of the Fourth Republic, many Nigerians have been conditioned to see brutality as power and restraint as weak point.

However after three years of a brutal and brutally ineffective President, many voters are solely coming to know now what I knew in 2010-that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is a frontrunner of males who sees the individuals as the large image relatively than himself.

He tried to present Nigerians the true which means of management. Sadly, the psyche of our individuals has for lengthy been conditioned to respecting leaders who rule, who boss and who throw their weight round. It was a tradition shock to have a frontrunner who relatively than throw his appreciable weight round, three his mind round, which is why no chief in Nigeria’s historical past has constructed as many colleges as Dr. Jonathan did.

And the factor is that he didn’t have to. Major training is the constitutional protect of the states. But President Jonathan constructed 165 almajiri faculties as a result of he couldn’t sit by and watch as 11 million Nigerian kids, largely within the North, had been out of the college system.

Not stopping there, he constructed fourteen new universities comprising of twelve new federal universities and two specialised universities. Earlier than Jonathan, 12 Nigerian states had no federal universities. After Jonathan, no Nigerian state was with out a minimum of one college.

I had the privilege of asking him why he did what he did and he advised me in California, whereas enjoying with my kids, as follows ‘Reno, no funding yields as a lot revenue as training’. Certainly, Jonathan is a thinker king!

From him, I learnt that one of the best ways to be a frontrunner will not be to boss individuals round, however to assist resolve their issues. Consider it this fashion. There are a lot of ships within the sea and the ocean is darkish. In order for you all of the ships to come to you, then be a lighthouse and they’ll come to you of their very own accord.

I keep in mind after I joined him on a visit to London and on the airport, the Nigerian Excessive Fee to the U.Okay. had offered a Mercedes sedan to decide him up from the airport. I used to be to be part of him at his resort, so I escorted him to the automobile with one other of his associates. He acquired in after which checked out me and requested what I used to be ready for. I advised him I’d get a taxi and he goes, ‘don’t be foolish’, then does essentially the most wonderful factor. He shifted to the center of the again seat and beckoned on my buddy and I to be part of him on what is named the house owners’ nook in Nigeria. I do know of no different chief with the humility to try this.

A quintessential chief is Dr. Jonathan. A person who handled everybody with respect regardless that he was the President of the most important Black nation on earth who led her to turn out to be Africa’s economic system. One factor you might be certain of is that if President Jonathan is trying down at you, he’s doing so solely as a result of he’s admiring your sneakers.

I learnt true humility from him, nevertheless it was within the space of communication that President Jonathan schooled me one of the best. From him I found that studying the artwork of communication will make you a frontrunner. Dr. Jonathan by no means communicate simply to categorical your self. He considers {that a} waste of time. Fairly, he all the time speaks to persuade others. When others are speaking, he listens to them as if they’re an important individuals on earth. Truthfully, it’s an nearly ecstatic occasion to have a one on one communication with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

As he turns 61 right this moment, I would like to remind Nigerians of a press release he made 4 years in the past.

On the seventh of March 2014, then President Jonathan mentioned “I’m loyal to Nigeria’s economic system. I don’t have accounts or property overseas. All my kids college in Nigeria”.

Until date, no one has been ready to contradict that assertion as a result of it’s true. However much more spectacular is the truth that not a kind of who’ve made it their profession to blame Jonathan for every part that’s mistaken with their lives, can say the identical factor.

Dr. Jonathan was ready to obtain this as a result of he was a patriot who actually believes in Nigeria. Have a look at his initiatives to flip across the lives of Nigerian youths. You’ve got the Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin), the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), the Presidential Particular Scholarship Scheme for Improvements and Improvement scholarships (PRESSID) to First Class graduates of Nigerian universities to point out a number of.

With these schemes, it’s no surprise that Nigeria underneath Jonathan turned the third quickest rising economic system on this planet in accordance to CNNMoney and the Worldwide Financial Fund.

These days, those that rode to energy on the again of the freedoms that Dr. Jonathan ensured in Nigeria now threaten to lock up their critics citing ‘hate speech’. Have these people ever sat down to take into account that underneath Jonathan’s management, not one single individual was despatched to jail due to something she or he wrote or mentioned in regards to the President or the federal government he headed. Nigeria had no political prisoners underneath Jonathan’s administration and the nation definitely didn’t have any prisoners of conscience as a result of Jonathan himself ensured that he acted in accordance to his conscience in all he did.

On social media, I learn many Nigerian youths saying issues like, how did we go from ‘my ambition will not be definitely worth the blood of any Nigerian’ to being referred to as lazy Nigerian youths? That’s one query I can not reply. However one factor I do know, the Nigerian youth underneath President Jonathan had been among the most gifted and productive.

That’s the reason Nigeria was rated by Gallup because the happiest nation on this planet underneath Jonathan. Take into consideration that for a minute after which be part of me in wishing Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan a really properly deserved blissful birthday in addition to a protracted and fulfilled life to proceed serving humanity by way of the Goodluck Jonathan Basis.


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