- The greatest legacy anyone can leave behind is to positively impact the lives of others
- Nigeria is currently benefitting from a decision made by Dr Goodluck Jonathan while he was the country's president
- A female military pilot recently flew the president to Mali, something that would have been impossible if not for Jonathan's foresight in the past
Nigeria's former president, Dr. Goodluck Joanathan has hailed Fly Lieutenant Blessing Liman, Nigeria's first female military pilot.
Liman was one of the pilots who flew the former president to Bamako, the capital of Mali on Monday, May 10.
An accomplished Nigerian Air Force officer, Liman made history during the administration of Jonathan, a government that allowed women to join the Nigerian Defence Academy.
Jonathan wrote on his Twitter page:
“I am pleased to have been flown to Bamako, Mali, by a pair of Nigerian Air Force pilots one of whom is Blessing Liman, a committed NAF flying officer who emerged as Nigeria's first female military pilot under our administration.”
Born in March 1984, Liman is a descent of Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state and an alumnus of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology.
She enlisted into the Nigerian Air Force in July 2011 and was commissioned in December 2011.
In April 2012, she made history by becoming Nigeria's first female combat pilot following the badge decoration ceremony of thirty flying officers by the then Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar.
She was of the SP-24A set of pilots and they were referred to as the Knights of the Air.
She was commissioned as a Combat Flying Officer alongside 126 others who finished the Direct Short Service Course 2010/2011 cadets of the 325 Ground Training Group at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna.
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Meanwhile, Jonathan has opined that Nigeria is where it is today because of the leadership of family, friends and 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 while 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.
In a related development, Jonathan recently stated that some of his aides and allies abandoned him after he left office in 2015.
The Bayelsa-born politician was booted out of office in 2015 during a presidential contest with incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.