President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed fear and uncertainty as to what becomes of his marriage to Dame Patience due to his acceptance of defeat at the just concluded presidential poll.
Vanguard reports that the president said this, while ruminating aloud on the next phase of his life during a thanksgiving and farewell service in his honour at the Cathedral Church of the Advent Life-Camp, Gwarinpa, Abuja.
The President, who will be handing over power to the president- elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29, 2015, cited as example the former South African Apartheid leader, F.W de Klerk, whose wife divorced for ending minority rule in the country.
“I believe there are reasons for everything. Some hard decisions have their own cost. That I have ran the government this way that stabilized certain things, the electoral process and other things that brought stability into this country. They were very costly decisions which I must be ready to pay for.
“Some people come to me and say this or that person, is he not your friend? Is it not your government that this person benefited from? But this is what the person is saying. But I used to say, worse statements will come. If you take certain decisions, you should know that those close to you will even abandon you at some point. And I tell them that more of my so-called friends will disappear. When F.W de Klerk took the decision to abolish minority rule in RSA, even his wife divorced him. I hope my wife will not divorce me. But that is the only decision that has made RSA to still remain a global player. If we still had minority rule there, by this time, nobody will be talking about RSA.
“If you take certain decisions, it might be good for the generality of the people but it might affect people differently. So for ministers and aides who served with me, I sympathize with them, they will be persecuted. And they must be ready for that persecution” he said.
President Jonathan, however, made it known that although some of his ministers did not like the fact that he conceded defeat, but he is happy that “the ordinary people appreciate what we did.”
He thanked God Almighty and Nigerians for giving him the opportunity to serve them at various levels.
“Very few of those in my age brackets have been that lucky. All through my education were on government scholarships. I have not suffered lack, not because I’m hard-working but by God’s grace.
“When I look at the whole picture of my life up to when I became the president of this country. I say that if soldiers and police officers that have not received 0.5 per cent of the benefits that I have received from the state can lay their lives for this country, I should do anything in the interest of Nigeria including paying the supreme price.
“As long as live, I will continue to do my best for the state because the state has helped me as a person. I have to thank Nigerians especially, my state for giving me the opportunity to serve as deputy governor, and the whole country gave me the opportunity to serve as Vice President and then President, first was to complete the tenure of the late president and later serve as president from which I am exiting now as a very happy and fulfilled man.” Jonathan said.
Yesterday, while meeting with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) committee set up to access the party’s loss in the just concluded elections, Jonathan said he was going to direct all his efforts to return the PDP to its winning ways by 2019.