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Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Islie: 8:20am On Dec 16, 2020
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the corruption allegations levelled against him could have sent him into political oblivion but God did not allow that happen.

Speaking at a book presentation in Abuja on Tuesday, Jonathan said officials of the current administration tagged him and some members of his former cabinet as corrupt.

Jonathan was in charge of the country between 2010 and 2015. President Muhammadu Buhari defeated him in the 2015 election and he conceded even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made a final pronouncement on the exercise.

In his remarks at the presentation of “Dear President Goodluck Jonathan”, a book written in his honour by Bonaventure Melah, a former managing editor of Daily Times, Jonathan said the wrong perception about him is gradually changing.


“That is the problem myself and some members of my cabinet are still suffering since the beginning this administration when we were all tagged corrupt people,” he said.

“But I thank God that people can come together to celebrate me today. It is God. Otherwise, I would have been completely buried (politically).”

He also narrated how he was advised to sack Aruma Oteh as the director-general of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2012 to avoid trouble with the house of representatives.

The former president said some of his associates had suggested the removal of Oteh in order to appease the federal lawmakers whom Oteh had accused of corruption.

Oteh, who was at the helm of affairs at SEC from 2010 to 2015, had at the time alleged that the leadership of the house committee on capital market solicited N44 million bribe from SEC.

The allegation had ruffled feathers at the national assembly with Herman Hembe, then chairman of the committee, accusing her of offering him N30 million.

It had also pitched the legislative arm against the executive.


“When my close political allies, advised me to sacrifice Arunma Oteh so that I don’t have problems with the house of representatives,” he said.

“I said I won’t sacrifice any Nigerian just for me to be in the good books of the lawmakers. Rather, I would sacrifice myself. I took that decision because I was convinced she was not corrupt.

“If I had sacked her undeservedly that may have been the end of her career with the World Bank.”

He also dispelled rumour that he sacked Azubuike Ihejirika as chief of army staff “because of pressures from the North.”

“If somebody is going the right thing, even if you want to split my head, I would not sack the person,” the former president said.


‘MY VISION TO ELEVATE NIGERIA THROUGH EDUCATION’

Jonathan added that one of his core objectives while in office was to bring about national development through the instrument of education.

“My interest was to change the society through education. No matter what we do to elevate Nigeria, without education, society would find it difficult to change. That was my personal view,” he said.

“That was also why I intervened in the almajirai case. We needed to elevate them above that level, because of the many social problems they were causing.

“I strongly believe that if there must be a change in Nigeria, we must be competent scientifically and technologically, because technology rules the world today.”
https://www.thecable.ng/jonathan-if-not-for-god-i-would-have-been-buried-politically

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by thebosstrevor1: 8:21am On Dec 16, 2020
Jonathan was corrupt..Jonathan is an ex president from balyelsa..the only president from the south south, jonathan can not be buried politically even if 1 million corruption allegations were layed him.

Obasanjo was also corrupt but was not buried politically.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by PureMe01: 8:22am On Dec 16, 2020
Oga Jona,me I gree say I no like Buhari,his administration & APC at all at all but I take God beg u,no EVER try reason God name join for una kind politics for dis contri.
I take God beg you

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Egalitarian1: 8:22am On Dec 16, 2020
Can you compare this simple, intelligent and concised speech of GEJ with any of those lengthy, yet pointless speeches that PMB was shamelessly dishing out to his zombies (not we learned Nigerians) at intervals during the COVID-19 lockdown brouhaha? Of course NO! GEJ and PMB are incomparable!

In fact, comparing the two leaders would be tantamount to comparing a NEPA bill with a PhD certificate, which can only be done by a lunatic or an incurably mentally debased cum frivolous riff raff!

Abeg, let me go back to work jare and allow Nigerians enjoy the change they wanted since 2015 in peace �

Meanwhile, GEJ said and I concur, you can only develop Nigeria through education and trying otherwise would be difficult! Man wey sabi 100%

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Fahdiga(m): 8:23am On Dec 16, 2020
Jonathan is speaking too much this days which I think will be his own undoing. too much talking will demystify him. not everything needs a reaction

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Fvckhypocrite(f): 8:24am On Dec 16, 2020
Jonathan is a good man

But He fvck up by giving up

Jona may be bad but bubu is baddest

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by agwom(m): 8:25am On Dec 16, 2020
good man

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by donbachi(m): 8:26am On Dec 16, 2020
Dem say u be woman..dem come jam man like dem.dem begin cry like baby in need of mother's breastmilk.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Saao(m): 8:27am On Dec 16, 2020
Buhari tried so hard to destroy you but God stood by you. All the corruption allegations made against you and some of your people, most were not proven up till date. Magu did alot of mess to the society that he will regret in the rest of his life.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Saao(m): 8:28am On Dec 16, 2020
Fahdiga:
Jonathan is speaking too much this days which I think will be his own undoing. too much talking will demystify him. not everything needs a reaction
better for him to talk, buhari did so much to destroying him.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by thesicilian: 8:37am On Dec 16, 2020
Saao:
Buhari tried so hard to destroy you but God stood by you. All the corruption allegations made against you and some of your people, most were not proven up till date. Magu did alot of mess to the society that he will regret in the rest of his life.
The fact that Buhari is fantastically corrupt does not mean that Jonathan was a saint while in office.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by internationalman(m): 8:39am On Dec 16, 2020
You were to relentful to fight and that's what put us in this predicament we are..
Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by illicit(m): 8:39am On Dec 16, 2020
What about the chibok girls

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Saao(m): 8:43am On Dec 16, 2020
thesicilian:

The fact that Buhari is fantastically corrupt does not mean that Jonathan was a saint while in office.
no saint in Nigeria politics.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by dredd8: 8:43am On Dec 16, 2020
PureMe01:
Oga Jona,I gree say I no like Buhari,his administration & APC at all at all but I take God beg u,no EVER try reason God name join for una kind politics for dis contri.
I take God beg you
Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by jefff455: 8:43am On Dec 16, 2020
angry
Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by blinking001(m): 8:44am On Dec 16, 2020
The father of Nigerias Democracy.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by muhamadnur: 8:44am On Dec 16, 2020
The Clueless one

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by baike: 8:44am On Dec 16, 2020
What does that statement mean?

I hope not about 2023
Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by 4trec65: 8:44am On Dec 16, 2020
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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Nobody: 8:44am On Dec 16, 2020
Nigerians should learn to leave God alone. No be only us God create.


We disturb and abuse God in this part of the World.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by BOOZELEE: 8:44am On Dec 16, 2020
Buried like Oshiomole and About to be buried like one certain tourist traveling the length,breath and width of the country expecting the presidency and Nigeria's resources to be handed to him in a bullion van cheesy

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Nuttella(f): 8:44am On Dec 16, 2020
Does he actually think that God is interested in his political career, God has other important things to do.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by TriCee: 8:45am On Dec 16, 2020
Haaa, is he still in politics? Baba better remain elder statesman for your house o.

You goofed big time, that's why some unreasonable humans gave us that lifelessness in aso rock.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Patrioticman007(m): 8:45am On Dec 16, 2020
Deadman talking

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan: If Not For God, I Would Have Been Buried Politically by Nobody: 8:46am On Dec 16, 2020
Nigerian politicians and using "God" to deceive Nigerians

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