Jonathan attends thanksgiving service, tells politicians not to see election as coup

Jonathan attends thanksgiving service, tells politicians not to see election as coup

- A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, celebrates with Governor Diri for marking one year in office

- Jonathan urged Nigerian politicians to avoid acrimony in politics

- The former president said office holders should imbibe the principles of democracy

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A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has attended a thanksgiving service as part of events commemorating Douye Diri's one year in office as governor of Bayelsa state.

Why Politicians Should Not See Election As Coup — Jonathan

Jonathan has called for unity among Nigerian politicians. Photo: @GEJonathan
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Jonathan wished the Diri administration all the best as it strives to improve the lives of the Bayelsa people.

Daily Trust reported that the former president used the occasion to advise Nigerian politicians not to see elections as coup or war.

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He said rather than playing bitter politics, politicians should come together to support whoever emerges winner.

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Jonathan said:

“In Nigeria, what we know especially at the national level is change of government through coups during the military era. And at the end of that coup, whether the coup succeeded or not both parties live as enemies. Sometimes they stay as enemies till they die.'
“But our democratic process is recognised by law. So we the modern day politicians should not begin to practice democracy and contestation to power as if we are organizing coup.''

In another news, Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the military coup staged in Myanmar on Monday, February 1.

Jonathan called on the military to release Aung San Suu Kyi. The former president also called for a return to constitutional order in Myanmar, saying he stands in solidarity with democracy.

Meanwhile, a former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has made some revelations about how Goodluck Jonathan became the vice president of Nigeria in 2007.

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Obasanjo on Sunday, January 31, disclosed that the slot was originally for Peter Odili, the former governor of Rivers, but that he lost the opportunity because of a corruption allegation against him from the EFCC, The Nation reported.

The former Nigerian leader went on to state that the then-president, Musa Yar’Adua, went for the second option, Jonathan, who at the time had everything working well for him, including a clean record.

In another news, Ayo Fayose has taken a swipe at the current government, with the former governor of Ekiti state saying the latest corruption report is proof that there is a lack of will to fight graft in Nigeria.

In a series of tweets on Friday, the PDP chieftain said it is "illegal and morally unacceptable" for President Muhammadu Buhari to self-style himself as "Mr Integrity" as the latest corruption report lifted the lids on the level of graft in the current government.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.


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