Most of us joined politics for lack of work- Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

The president said politicians should learn to forgive

President Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday that about half of Nigerian politicians were not meant to be in politics, but only turned politicians as they had no choice.

The president was speaking at the Aso Rock Villa Chapel, in response to a sermon by the Primate of the Anglican Church, Nicholas Okoh, during the post-pilgrimage thanksgiving tagged “What Shall I Render To God.”

The clergy in his sermon accused politicians of being unforgiving.

Mr. Jonathan, in his remarks noted that this was however not the case as politicians were ordinarily very forgiving as they may later find themselves working together with people who had earlier wronged them.

“The chaplain accused us politicians that we do not forgive, or that some politicians don’t forgive. Apparently the Bible said this, but politicians are the people who forgive,” the president said.

“Politicians are those who forgive because in politics, whether local politics or national, you don’t have permanent friends or permanent enemies but permanent interests.

“If somebody is your enemy today and there is a change of interest and A becomes your friend, first of all, you have to forgive otherwise you cannot have a friend that you cannot work with.

“But politics is just like some kind of trade. More than 50 per cent of us who are into politics are not supposed to be politicians.

“For example, in the profession of nursing and teaching, people with wicked hearts and unforgiving spirit are not the kind of people who should be nurses or teachers, but we find them there.

“So, most of us who are in politics are not supposed to be there but because we have no other thing to do. So, if you see a politician than cannot forgive, he is an impostor,” the president said.

The clergy had also during his sermon commended the president for doing the right thing by signing the anti-gay bill into law despite the obvious pressure from “outside.”

The anti-gay law prescribes various punishments as well jail term for homosexual acts. It has been widely criticised by western countries but many Nigerians support the law.

Urging Christians to partake in the annual pilgrimage, Archbishop Okoh noted that Nigeria was also on a pilgrimage to reach its place in the League of Nations where it is supposed to be.

To reach its purpose, the Primate said Nigeria needs amongst others: Patience, Perseverance, Cohesion, Discipline and focus.

On the centenary, he noted that as the country celebrates its centenary it is a time for all Nigerians to examine their personal contribution to the nation in the last 100 years.

On the national dialogue, Archbishop Okoh noted that this was a divine gift and opportunity to fine-tune the polity. He also urged all those who will partake, to do so “not for selfish reasons but to speak for their people.”


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  • Bala R

    Is this country a Christian state?

    • esaulogbon

      Was it a moslem state?

      • Malik

        There was no chapel in Aso Rock until Obasanjo became president in 1999 and built one. They built 2 mosques there, thinking no Christian will ever rule Nigeria. Now they are disturbed that a Christian is president and are now asking if Nigeria is a Christian country. When they hold all their political meetings in Mecca under the pretext of going for lesser Hajj, it is all right.

        • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

          But do they make it public?
          Have you ever heard a muslim president, governor or local government chairman, making any policy statement at a mosque or any worship centre?
          Even among the christians, it is only Jonathan that does it for he lacks the basic understanding of what it means to be a president.

    • Bazamfare

      Please Bala avoid unnecessary comments like the nasty Mani_Kay.

    • Al

      Pastor Bala R & Mani_kay i knew ur missions in this forum, if u make nasty comments again i will expose

    • Lanre

      Bala R . The answer to your question is complex. You see when you don’t have the right training for a position, you will always fail. Jonathan has just admitted that over half of Nigeria’s politicians are failures. Including him. You see, to be a good public servant (what some also refer to as Politician), you have to be schooled in Political Studies, Law, Literature and the Humanities. You cannot come from a Zoo, where you were taking care of animals and aspire to be a ruler. But then again, in the jungle called Nigeria where primates determine who govern us, what do you expect? It is a very sad situation. A country with such brilliant people and minds.

      • Bala R

        That is what worries me, he runs to the Church always to make serious pronouncements thinking we will not challenge him there.

        • realist in words and deed

          Muslims can be so intolerant. The man is a Christian before we voted for him. He is supposed to fellowship with Christians the same way our past leaders fellowsdhiped in the mosque. Question of Christian or moslem state does not arise here. Learn to accommodate members of other faith.

          • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

            Sorry don’t it wrong. What Bala is trying to tell you is, when has our Churches become political lecture halls? It is thesame PDP who accused a political party of dragging Nigeria into religion politics that is doing more than the accused party because almost everything we hear coming from our President’s mouth comes during Church service most times, isn’t there other avenue of communication?

        • redeem

          Dont your yeye Moslem leaders who destroyed Nigeria have Mosques all over the place–go to MMA every corner of the airport has been turned into a Mosque bay them

      • redeem

        This yruba people have started again with their noise-what about Angela Merkel the German Chancellor who has a doctorate as physical chemist?

      • redeem

        Ahmadinejad Ex Iranian President, was born 28 October 1956 in Aradan, near the town of Garmsar in southeastern Iran. Son of an ordinary ironworker, he is the fourth of seven brothers. Ahmadinejad and his family migrated to Tehran in 1957 when he was a year old. He completed his undergraduate career in the field of civil engineering at the University of Science and Technology in Tehran in 1975 and went on to attain his master’s degree at the same university in 1986. A year later, Ahmadinejad earned a doctorate in the field of engineering and traffic transportation from the same university. This doctorate represented the culmination of his personal education, though he did re-join the academy at a later stage in his life.
        U see any degree in law or political science mumu

      • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

        But neither Ahmadinejad nor Markel is a zoologist.
        And it is not the degree that matters but the head containing the degree.
        It is a different thing if you get through a school and the school did not get through you.

    • Angryman

      You know the answer – it is not
      And nobody is trying to make it one
      The Constitution does not allow it
      The Constitution says it shall be a country of all religions
      But muslims are trying to make it an Islamic state by force courtesy of Boko Haram
      That the President makes statements in the Church does not mean Nigeria has become a Christian state
      As the President, he is expected to say something whenever he has the opportunity of meeting the people and whatever he says gets relayed to everybody
      Most of the time he comments on the topic of discussion or sermon as in this instance
      And I believe he has not said anything to the detriment of any other religion
      Also, have you ever seen the President make a national broadcast from any Church
      And don’t tell me muslim leaders don’t speak in or outside the mosque after prayers
      This is expected of leaders

    • Angryman

      You know the answer – it is not
      And nobody is trying to make it one
      The Constitution does not allow it
      The Constitution says it shall be a country of all religions
      But muslims are trying to make it an Islamic state by force courtesy of Boko Haram
      That the President makes statements in the Church does not mean Nigeria has become a Christian state
      As the President, he is expected to say something whenever he has the opportunity of meeting the people and whatever he says gets relayed to everybody
      Most of the time he comments on the topic of discussion or sermon as in this instance
      And I believe he has not said anything to the detriment of any other religion
      Also, have you ever seen the President make a national broadcast from any Church
      And don’t tell me muslim leaders don’t speak in or outside the mosque after prayers
      This is expected of leaders

  • esaulogbon

    The truth is that if I were an employer, Mr Jonathan cannot be hired by me for any job in my organization. He is right.. he went to politics because he is unemployable.

    • redeem

      but will hire yr tribes man tinubu–The two factions of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State, yesterday, traded blames over fresh plan to unleash terror at a rally organised by the loyalists of the governor scheduled for Tuesday.The National Assembly members of the APC from the state, loyalists of former governor Segun Osoba, yesterday, raised the alarm that the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has perfected plans to disrupt his own rally on Tuesday to implicate them.

    • ALEXIS

      Thank God u re not an employer

  • Prince Secondus

    Jona is a bad product.unfortunately you can only sell a bad product for so long.Jona’s time is over.

  • Lanre

    Sometimes,the very pedestrian manner in which Jonathan talks evokes laughter in me. But
    he is right. And honest about this remark. I would venture to say that 75% of
    Nigerian Politicians are there to milk the country’s resources. They have no
    philosophy or ideological leaning. Just there for the spoils of office.

  • Lanre

    @bala_r:disqus. The answer to your question is complex. You see when you don’t have the right training for a position, you will always fail. Jonathan has just admitted that over half of Nigeria’s politicians are failures. Including him. You see, to be a good public servant (what some also refer to as Politician), you have to be schooled in Political Studies, Law, Literature and the Humanities. You cannot come from a Zoo, where you were taking care of animals and aspire to be a ruler. But then again, in the jungle called Nigeria where primates determine who govern us, what do you expect? It is a very sad situation. A country with such brilliant people and minds.

  • Akpan Akpan

    PT. .This report is incorrect. The message of forgiveness was raised by the Chaplain Venerable Onwozurumba during the Bible study on the topic…”Facing Failure”..In this message, the Chaplain stressed the need for forgiveness even if an individual was responsible for the failure. This is where he acussed the politicians of not always forgiving their political enemies. That was not preached by Oko

    • kareem Harun

      To

  • redeem

    “So, most of us who are in politics are not supposed to be there but because we have no other thing to do. So, if you see a politician than cannot forgive, he is an impostor,” the president Jonathan said–hope Obj is reading this-with his spirit of un- forgiveness troubling his soul

  • ALEXIS

    @ Bala R, u re d kind of pple MR PRESIDENT is refering 2. It is ovious dat u re jobless. Jxt listen 2 ur comment if Nigeria is a christian country. Have u 4gotten ur so called muslem brothers rule Nigeria for 38yrs without achievemet? And Nigeria is 53yrs old. So becareful d way u run ur dirty MOUTH

    • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

      Point of correction. Gowon is our brother he also ruled during 38yrs but not a Muslim. Please let forget about religion and let’s go to what is wrong. Can we afford to go into leasing cars for N250m in a country where millions are without jobs? Can afford to be having unidentified gun men killing innocent souls without being arrested in spite of the huge security budget which only goes to pockets of service chiefs and party members? If we can then Christian or Muslim in position let’s continue.