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Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Nobody: 4:56pm On Jan 17
Today, at the Lagos residence of the former Head of the Interim National Government Chief Ernest Shonekan where I conveyed my heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Head of State.

Late Chief Shonekan was a courageous and compassionate leader who remained committed to peace, progress and the common good of society. He will continue to be remembered for his goodwill and benevolent disposition, as well as his significant contributions to the development of our dear nation.

May God grant Mrs. Margaret Shonekan and other family members the fortitude to bear his passing.

I also used the opportunity to pay a courtesy visit to the Oba of Lagos Oba Rlwan Akiolu, at his Iga Iduganran Palace.
-GEJ

Goodluck Jonathan

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by pyyxxaro: 5:02pm On Jan 17
There’s God oh

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Kosoco(m): 5:16pm On Jan 17
GEJ the Peace Maker

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by treesun: 5:30pm On Jan 17
President GoodLuck Jonathan, the stage is Set!

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Nobody: 5:32pm On Jan 17
Nigeria’ll Have Benefitted More If Shonekan Had Stayed Longer In Office ― Jonathan

• As he pays condolence visit to former leader's family


Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Monday, was on a condolence visit to the Lagos residence of late Head of Interim Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, describing him as a man with wisdom, good background in the corporate world, as well in economic issues, who the country would have benefitted immensely from if he had stayed longer in government.

Shonekan, who ruled the country as an interim Head of State for three months, died last Tuesday, aged 85.

Jonathan said this while speaking with newsmen shortly after paying a condolence visit to the family of the deceased head of state, recalling that he was privileged to work closely with the late Shonekan, and learned “so much from him when I was in office” being one of the members of the Council of States.

According to the former president, the late Shonekan was a man of great vision for Nigeria, recalling further that he was the brain behind the Vision 2010 and the NSG, as well as some other investments and programmes of the Federal Government where he participated insignificantly.

“Ernest Shonekan is somebody that at least I worked with closely as one of the members of Council of States. I learnt so much from him when I was in the office. When I was president, I was presiding over the Council of States meetings. So when I left office, I was a member of the Council of States. And listening to him, I learnt a lot because he was a man with wisdom, a man with good background in the corporate world, a good background in economic issues.

“And as a private man, he found the Nigerian Economic Summit Group that is still there today. For such a person who had that kind of vision for this country, he was the brain behind Vision 2010, the NSG, investments and programmes of the Federal Government that he participated in significantly,” he said.

Jonathan, while further acknowledging the qualities in Shonekan, describing him as a thorough minded person, noted that his regret was that the former head of state left government too shortly, expressing the belief that if he had stayed much longer, he would probably have midwife the political process, and the country would have been saved of the controversies currently trailing the 1999 Constitution, and Nigeria would have been seen “moving a different direction today.”

“My regret is that he left government too shortly, and I believed that if he had stayed as head of interim government for about two, three years, and probably midwife the political process, even the controversies we are having with the 1999 Constitution today, we wouldn’t have had it.

“He left too early because of the military intervention, and the rest, of course, you know, I don’t want to say much about it. And so the government was hurriedly given to civilians and today we are still discussing our constitution.

“He is a thorough minded person, he would have made sure that all i’s were properly dotted and the t’s were properly crossed. And probably, we would have been moving in a different direction today,” the former president said.

“So we thank God for him, he lived a worthy life, he lived up to the age which the Bible called three scores plus 10years, 70years. We are lucky that he has at least attained that age before leaving us.

“He has contributed to the development of this country as a private man and he lived a few months, that was in government. Because when he took office as Head of Interim Government, the first thing he did was to release political prisoners. That now opened up a space for Nigerians to begin to participate in economic and social activities.

‘So he had a vision, but we lost him too early in the government and of course, we have lost him finally,” he added.

Speaking further, former President Jonathan said the Federal Government would do everything due to the former head of state to immortalise the late Shonekan, adding that governments Ogun and Lagos would also do what was appropriate to honour the late elder statesman.

“Well, he was head of state, whatever they give to other heads of state, he would surely get it.

“The Federal Government and even his own state government, and the government of Lagos State where he lived, I believe in one way or the other would do something to immortalise him,” he said.

He, therefore, prayed to God to give the late Shonekan family the fortitude to bear the loss.

“We pray that God should give the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” Jonathan said.

SOURCE

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by bigdammyj: 5:48pm On Jan 17
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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by God1000(m): 5:48pm On Jan 17
Good gesture, Jonathan is a good man but the sycophants around him ruined his government.
Maybe he has learnt his lesson

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by yesloaded: 5:48pm On Jan 17
Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Kollins11: 5:49pm On Jan 17
I WANT GEJ FOR PRESIDENT

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Administration1: 5:49pm On Jan 17
Nigeria misses you.
It is sad that one of the most admired person in my life within the age of 32 - 38 has the guts to wake up last week and decide to campaign for a man almost as old as his own grandfather and whose true age is only known by him and God to become President of Nigeria.

If you are a youth and are supporting the Old man to rule over you, shame on you and your generations.

P.S I still work for the Federal Government and not affiliated to any political party. Should any party wins 2023 I will still continue working for the Federal Government.

My personal Opinion; and I can also add this, since I am responsible for my comments; To hell with whosoever wishes to quote me.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:49pm On Jan 17
May God grant Mrs. Margaret Shonekan and other family members the fortitude to bear his passing.
Good of Goodluck Jonathan.

I also used the opportunity to pay a courtesy visit to the Oba of Lagos Oba Rlwan Akiolu, at his Iga Iduganran Palace.
That's thoughtful of him.
Safe trip to and fro

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:49pm On Jan 17
pyyxxaro:
There’s God oh
When the party of looters, criminals supported by online fraudsters and cannibals started 'sharing' blood in Nigeria.
That was the Genesis of what we are going through in our nation now.
They even looted the money meant for the ammunition that would have finished off boko haram in their infancy.
Posterity will judge us all.

As long as Diaris God ooooo

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Brendaniel: 5:49pm On Jan 17
Has Tinubu visited the Shonekan Family, If he hasn't then It tells you the type of leader he is...

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Karemarealty288(m): 5:49pm On Jan 17
The bare footed man

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by othermen: 5:49pm On Jan 17
When is Atiku going?

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by PIPPROF(m): 5:50pm On Jan 17
Hmm if gej declares

E go worry og

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Cholls(m): 5:50pm On Jan 17
treesun:
President GoodLuck Jonathan, the stage is Set!
my brother what stage is that? Afro juju, Fuji, Apala, or Hip hop

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Thinktwicemybro: 5:51pm On Jan 17
I heard buhari want to be vice to the bullion van thief. Nigerian youth wake up. These people have destroyed your future enough. Let's choose who to vote for this time!

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by ButterBurger: 5:52pm On Jan 17
Man of peace

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by lexy2014: 5:52pm On Jan 17
God1000:
Good gesture, Jonathan is a good man but the sycophants around him ruined his government.
Maybe he has learnt his lesson

How did he find himself in the midst of sycophants?
Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by slivertongue: 5:52pm On Jan 17
fergie0o1:
[b]Nigeria’ll Have Benefitted More If Shonekan Had Stayed Longer In Office ― Jonathan


Gej should respect himself. After 85years ?
Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Babyboyforeal(m): 5:52pm On Jan 17
Hmmm embarassedHmmm
Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Daniel7543: 5:53pm On Jan 17
Thinktwicemybro:
I heard buhari want to be vice to the bullion van thief. Nigerian youth wake up. These people have destroyed your future enough. Let's choose who to vote for this time!

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Thinktwicemybro: 5:53pm On Jan 17
lexy2014:


How did he find himself in the midst of sycophants?
same way buhari cannot explain how he destroyed Nigeria economy. Same way you are about to vote the bullion van thief.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by hisexcellency34: 5:54pm On Jan 17
That Oba of Lagos that loves egunje
Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by DMerciful(m): 5:54pm On Jan 17
If GEJ contest against Tinubu, he'd defeat Tinubu.

Isn't that not ironic ? The rejected stone becoming the chief corner stone!

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by sekundosekundo: 5:54pm On Jan 17
grin

Good man with good heart.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Amojii: 5:55pm On Jan 17
Incoming president

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by tamdun: 5:55pm On Jan 17
Jonathan don wise up, wouldn't allow Nyamuri people to push him like they did when he was president, they made him igbo only president and destroyed his govt

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Bouncin(m): 5:55pm On Jan 17
GEJ, you are a good man. Please don't think of coming back as Nigerian president. I dont want to loose the respect I have for you.

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Re: Goodluck Jonathan Visits Shonekan's Family, Oba Of Lagos (photos) by Nobody: 5:55pm On Jan 17
Ijaws and Yorubas are one

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