- Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has stated that Nigerian leaders must stop considering acquaintances when making appointments
- The former president said such actions have affected public office holders to perform well
- According to Jonathan, people should be appointed based on merit and must be allowed to do their job
Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has opined that Nigeria is where it is today because of the leadership of family and friends, acquaintances rather than the ability and capability to deliver.
The former president made the comment while speaking at the palace of the Emir of Bauchi, on Tuesday, April 6.
Jonathan was in the state on a one-day working visit on the invitation of Bauchi governor, Senator Bala Mohammed.
He said that the tradition in Nigeria is that before one can be appointed to an office or given a responsibility, he must know someone at the top, a development he said has taken the country backward.
Jonathan made the comment in reaction to Governor Mohammed's earlier statement that the former president appointed him the FCT minister during his time in power without knowing him.
Nigerian Tribune quoted Jonathan as saying:
“Yes, I did not know him when I met him and made him the FCT minister.
“In Nigeria, we have this tradition where some people feel that some ministries are big and juicy and must be given to a special person or that you have to know someone before you give him a responsibility role or put him somewhere.
“It is not like that with me, it is not my way of doing things.”
On Sunday, April 4, Jonathan joined Christians in Nigeria and all over the world in the celebration of Easter.
The ex-president shared an inspiring message on his official Facebook page, calling on all Christians to imbibe and sustain godly values of righteousness, peace and justice.
On his part, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state called on Christians to use the period of Easter to pray for Nigeria, lamenting that insecurity and other socio-political inadequacies are threatening the nation's stability.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, April 3 by his spokesman, Olisa Ifeajika, the governor said that Easter was a time for Christians to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and again, reawakened by its essence.