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Goodluck Jonathan Nigeria's 14th president

Goodluck Jonathan Nigeria's 14th president

Everybody knows him, Nigeria’s 14th president, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan. Elected in 2010, he was the President of Nigeria for 5 years and left a trace in the history of the country. Read more about him and the state of the country under the years of his administration.

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A brief Goodluck Jonathan's biography

Goodluck Jonathan was born on November 20, 1957 in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. Belonging to the Ijaw ethnicity, Goodluck was raised Christian and his primary and secondary schools in the same state were Christian schools

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After graduation, he entered the University of Port Harcourt and studied zoology, having received a B.S. degree in this subject (1981). However, he never stopped at this achievement and studied further to receive a M.S. degree in hydrobiology and fisheries (1985). The final stage was his Ph.D. in zoology (1995).

Between 1983 and 1993, Mr. Jonathan taught in Rivers State College of Education. After this, he dramatically changed his occupation and career after becoming an assistant director in Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission. This governmental structure doesn’t exist now but Mr. Jonathan worked there between 1993 and 1998.

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The start of the political career happened for Mr. Jonathan with joining the People’s Democratic Party closer to the end of the 1990s. In 1999, he won the elections for the post of Bayelsa’s deputy governor and stayed in the position until 2005, when he became governor of the state.

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In 2007, Mr. Jonathan was elected vice president of Nigeria with Umaru Musa Yar’Adua as President. In this position, Mr. Jonathan tried hard to conduct effective negotiations with delta militants who were strictly against petroleum companies that were located in the delta area. However, except this, he stayed in the background most of the time.

While President Yar’Adua was away from the country for a long time due to a prolonged illness and treatment, Nigeria turned to Yar’Adua with requests of give power to Jonathan at least while the President was absent. Still, the President gave no reply and the anxiety built up, causing the National Assembly to make Jonathan acting president in 2010.

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After several weeks, Yar’Adua returned but insisted that Jonathan remained in the position. It was February 2010 and in May Yar’Adua died and Jonathan became the President of Nigeria.

Becoming Nigeria’s 14th President

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The coming 2011 was the year of the next presidential elections and Jonathan declared his intention to run. However, in accordance with the habit of zoning of his party, having Jonathan run again was a big concern for his party.

Yet, the victory Jonathan received at the elections showed the support he really had from all the geo-political regions.

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The first years of Jonathan’s presidency were obscured by the escalating activities of Boko Haram.

The economic life of the country during Jonathan’s administration was not very distinct. The general growth of the economy was obscured by the poverty of certain groups of the population.

The new candidate

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However, even with all this, Jonathan was elected as a candidate from PDP for the upcoming elections again. During the elections, Jonathan faced many candidates with strong advantages, yet, the strongest rival was Muhammadu Buhari. As a former military head of state, Buhari seemed to be able to defeat Boko Haram better than others and this is why many citizens voted for him.

When the results were declared, it became clear that Buhari was the winner. This is how Goodluck Jonathan Nigeria’s 14th president was defeated by his competitor after many years of successful administration in the country. This was the first time in the history of the country that an incumbent President was defeated during election.

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These are some of the notable Nigeria’s 14th president facts you should know. There’s also a lot of controversial information that was circulated during Jonathan's presidency. However, we are not going to "give wings to" the rumours because facts and history mean much more for the country.

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