Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has lamented that Nigerians are too quick to forget and abandon their leaders after leaving office.
According to Jonathan, many people he assumed were his close allies and friends forgot him immediately he left office as the president of Nigeria, in May 2015.
The former President spoke during the commissioning of a 6.25km Sabon Kaura-Jos bypass road constructed by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.
Mohammed had named the project the “Goodluck Jonathan Road.”
Jonathan commended Mohammed, whom he described as a “good brother”, for honouring him even after he had left office.
His words, “Today is a very big day for me, and you know why, because it is not easy for somebody to work with you in Nigeria then, even after leaving office, that person still continues with that kind of strong relationship with you. I have been in government for a reasonable time, I have attained a number of levels starting from deputy governor and most of our experience is that after leaving office, some of the people you think that if they don’t see you will not eat, will just forget that you even exist. But this Senator Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Bauchi State, is a good brother and he has invited me to inaugurate the first major project that he has completed. That is a big honour, and it is not only inauguration, he even named the road after me as Goodluck Jonathan Road.”
Responding, the governor described Jonathan as his mentor who has impacted his life greatly.
He described Jonathan has a patriotic Nigerian and a peace lover, who doesn’t want to spill the blood of any Nigerian to attain political power.