I will speak at appropriate time – Jonathan

FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to break his silence on his experience in office and other issues at the appropriate time.

Mr. Jonathan however did not give an indication as to when will be the appropriate time.

He made the pledge when approached by journalists at the Presidential Villa for an interview, after the Good Friday Service organised by the Aso Villa Chapel.

“Don’t worry, I will talk to you at the appropriate time,” the President said, smiling, as he made his way from the chapel to his official residence.

The seven short exhortations that accompanied the seven biblical lessons all centred on the sacrifice the preachers said Mr. Jonathan had made to keep the county united.

They likened his decision to concede defeat in the last Saturday’s presidential elections to the sacrifice Jesus Christ made to save mankind.

They also agreed that the bold step taken by the President at the appropriate time was commendable and urged him to remain focused because his future was in the hands of God.

“This man (Jonathan) said here that he is the most criticised President and he prophesied that by the time he will be leaving, he will be the most celebrated President,” one of the clergymen who led the intercessory prayers said. “That has come to pass with the way he is being celebrated worldwide for conceding defeat.”

The service also featured renditions of special hymns as well as intercessory prayers for the President, for peace and for Nigeria at large.

He was accompanied to the service, which lasted for about three hours and featured the Seven Words of Christ on the Cross, by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Commission, John Kennedy-Okpara.

Others were the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Joan Ayo; Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Ima Niboro; and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali.


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  • Alex

    The man of the moment, he’s learnt the bitter truth in the hard way. Thank goodness he now know “the appropiate time” to talk.

  • Frank Bassey

    This is how it should be. Imagine Buhari losing the election? Imagine 4 card readers failing to recognize his biometrics?

  • if he had win the election, will he speak at the appropriate time? Speak now or forever remain silent.

    • the truth

      You think he’s your Buhari that speaks before reasoning.

  • amzat kola

    President Goodluck Jonathan, i indeed congratulate you most sincerely for wearing a new crown of the new Monarch of Nigerian modern democracy. No body can take the crown away from you. You have succeeded in written your name in gold in the encyclopedia of global democracy. Even before you speak, we can preempt what would contain in your experience book; (1)the emptiness of that VP of Your Excellency who made several billion even in foreign currency in your government for more than 6 years and couldn’t even deliver 10% in Kaduna state how much more the whole of North West (2) The betrayal of Sule Lamido who boasted to deliver the entire North West but at the end couldn’t deliver even 10% in Jigawa state. (3) And of course, what do we say of Aliyu Babangida who many of us thought before the presidential election was a power broker in the North Central politics only to found out that he is not even reckoned with AT ALL in the politics of the Zone. Apart from his failure to deliver 25% for PDP in the presidential election, he was thoroughly ridiculed and dwarfed in his bid for a just a senatorial seat. (4)The same fate befell Isa Yuguda who failed to deliver despite so much love and affection shown to him President Jonathan. He uses the better part of his 8 years tenure as governor to fight those he christened Abuja politicians; Muazu Ahmed, PDP Chairman, Senators Bala Mohammed & Abdul Ningi and host of others, at the end, our dear president was at the receiving end for it, even though, Yuguda himself was taught political lessons of his life in a senatorial race by a lesser known opponent. Such are the bitter experiences and even more, of President Jonathan experiences in office. That’s my take.

  • Maitama Tambari

    We will like to hear about Boko Haram and the destruction of life’s and properties in the North East. It is important because of the existence of the territories campaign for good six years, only to take the Armed Forces six weeks to secure lost territories.