- Former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan says he has shifted his focus from effective partisan politics to his foundation
- GEJ, as fondly called, further explained that after serving as president of Nigeria, he is exploring some other areas where his "services would be required"
- Jonathan has the record as the first democratically elected president to be unseated after losing to Muhammadu Buhari in an epochal 2015 general election
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a former president, has finally disclosed the reason for his low visibility in politics with him saying he has moved focus to his foundation, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.
GEJ, as fondly called, is the first democratically elected president in Africa to be unseated through the ballot process after losing to President Muhammadu Buhari in an epochal 2015 general election.
Five years later, Jonathan, who retreated to his hometown Otuoke in Bayelsa, said he is now focused on building a foundation to catalyse the positive social and economic progress being experienced across Africa.
The former president made this known in Yenagoa at the inauguration of the state executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the Governor, Senator Douye Diri, ThisDay reports.
“Don’t be discouraged if you do not see me in most party activities in the state. I decided to appear in this event so that I will not be misunderstood," Jonathan was quoted saying in a statement issued by Diri’s acting chief press secretary, Dan Alabrah.
“I’m shifting away from being an effective partisan politician because of my foundation. People who want to partner with me felt that if you are a partisan leader in the country, they will eat with you with a long spoon.
“I felt that after serving as president of this country, I should go to some other areas where my services would be required. Through that process, I would be able to support the nation and the state in one way or the other."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that in the spirit of patriotism amid coronavirus pandemic, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation contributed its own widow's mite by donating foods and wash materials worth millions to various IDP camps in Abuja.
The group, in a statement signed by its communication officer Wealth-Dickson Ominabo, said the items were distributed to lessen the burden of the economic reality occasioned by Covid-19.
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