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Many people suffering because of decisions I took in office - Jonathan

Many people suffering because of decisions I took in office - Jonathan

- Goodluck Jonathan, the former president said his team are currently facing court cases in Nigeria

- Former president Jonathan said he achieved a huge success in educational sector in the country

- He, however, urged the youths to make similar sacrifice like he did when he was in government

Goodluck Jonathan, the former president, has declared that many Nigerians are suffering because of the decision that he took when he was in government.

This Day reports that Jonathan acknowledged the plight of many of his aides who are currently facing court cases and other forms of trials in several parts of the country.

He added that governance remains a challenging task for which personal pleasures must be relinquished.

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Jonathan made this known while addressing several youth groups, including the national association of Nigerian students, national youth council of Nigeria, the Ijaw youth council, among others, who were present to felicitate with him on his birthday in his country home.

According to him, ''So, I am speaking to the future of this country, whatever sacrifices I have made as an individual or I discussed with my political party and others, because elections is not only about one person, we know a number of persons that are in court, not even me yet, who are suffering because of me.

''Politics is all about the people, so the decision I took, though I made the pronouncements, but it affected everybody. So, if we have made this kind of sacrifice and people are still sacrificing now, my plea with you is that you know that this country is in your hands.''

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The former president admonished young persons in the country to cultivate the will to make sacrifices for the country when they are in position to do so, explaining that only then can the country truly make progress.

He said: ''You also made mention of some of the few things we did when I was in office, especially relating to education and that is an area I can say we tried.

“Whatever sacrifices I have made, be willing and ready to make similar sacrifices whenever it’s your turn. Make similar sacrifice for the collective interest of our nation.”

Meanwhile, had reported that former minister of aviation, Stella Oduah alleged that Jonathan was forced to sack her in 2014.

Oduah, now a senator, made the allegation in an upcoming book, ‘On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, written by Bolaji Abdullahi, who himself served as a minister under Jonathan from 2011-2014.

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