- Some Nigerians have lambasted former president Goodluck Jonathan over his recent comments
- Jonathan had on Sunday, May 16, said in Benin that he never abused power while in office
- Reacting to his comment, some Twitter users reminded the ex-president how some media houses were shut down for writing about his government
Following the statement made by Goodluck Jonathan that he did not abuse power as the number one citizen of the country, Nigerians have asked the former president to explain why he sacked the ex-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
TheCable reports that Jonathan made this known while speaking at the 50th birthday celebration of Charles Osazuwa, the president of the Rock of Ages Christian Assembly, held in Benin, Edo state capital, on Sunday, May 16.
Legit.ng gathered that Jonathan, who led the country from 2010 to 2015, said when he joined politics, he decided not to use his position to punish people.
He had said:
“My belief, particularly when I joined politics, is not to use a temporary privilege, a temporary position God has given to me, to punish people."
Reacting to Jonathan's comments, some Nigerians took to their Twitter pages to cite instances during Jonathan's tenure when he allegedly abused power while others opined that his comment shows weakness.
A Twitter user, Modibbo Sanusi, asked whether the sacking of Sanusi after exposing former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke’s looting under Jonathan is not punishment.
"Sacking Sanusi after exposing Dezini’s looting under you is not punishment. This is the man that some people think he deserves some accolades."
In his comment, AskThePress said wonder why the former president said he decided never to use his position to punish people.
"What does this nonsense mean? You punish people when they deserve punishment. If you mean you don't use your position to oppress people, fine."
Another Twitter user TallJohn @JohnFanimokun said some journalists were detained and media houses shut down when Jonathan was the president of Nigeria.
"These are some Jonathan's kindly gestures towards the same media that couldn't question him when he was shamelessly pouring out this lie."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Jonathan said political might is temporary and should not be used to oppress the masses who brought an officeholder to power.
It was reported that Jonathan on Sunday, May 16, said this is the mindset he brought into politics because he understands that it is only a temporary advantage given by God.
The famous Nigerian politician said some decisions he took when he ruled the affairs of the nations were based on the mindset of service.