Thank you, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan!

by Yahaya Balogun

Those who have seen the causative effects of thunder will refrain from taking part in abusing Sango—the King of Koso (Ẹni tí Ṣàngó bá tojú ẹ wọlẹ̀, kò ní bá wọn bú Ọba K’oso) – Yoruba axiom.

“The highest degree of meekness consists in seeing, serving, honoring, and treating amiably, on occasion, those who are not to our taste, and who show themselves unfriendly, ungrateful, and troublesome to us.” – Saint Francis De Sales.

This writer has never been an enthusiast or fan of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, the immediate past President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Still, I am a pragmatist with no wilful intentions while using my cognitive reasoning and mosaic quills to scroll on any parchment! My numerous writings on the egregious administration overseen by President Goodluck Jonathan for over five years are evidentiary opinions I have espoused in my various publications.

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR, GCON was born on November 20, 1957. He is a Nigerian politician who served as the President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. GEJ lost the 2015 presidential election to the former military head of Nigeria– General Muhammadu Buhari. Being the first in Nigeria as an incumbent president to lose re-election and conceded defeat, Jonathan made history. GEJ served as Vice President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010. He was also Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007 in the oil-rich Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

In retrospect, every Nigerian residing in the United States, or the Diaspora who witnessed the “Trump insurrection” and the seditious act of his supporters in Washington, D.C., USA a few days ago will be quick to appease and appreciate the meekness and courteous goodwill of former President Goodluck Jonathan. In 2015, the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan knew he had a fiduciary obligation to Nigerians and their future; he conceded the ace election that brought the adamant President Muhammadu Buhari to power. Jonathan never made a bogus claim of winning “a lot” in the election he lost, the preposterous claim of the outgoing seditious and mendacious POTUS in Washington.

Though, I have elucidated the above thoughtful and gracious submission on Goodluck Jonathan in The Guardian Newspaper (Conscience, Nurtured by Truth) publication on August 10, 2015, titled: “Enough of our naughtiness folks.” In a solemn reflection, the U.S. democratic Temple’s desecration by an angry mob; seditious and attempted uprising that happened in Washington, D.C., USA a few days ago was outstandingly shocking. Precisely, the wee hours of Wednesday, January 6, 2021, will be another dark day in the history of America. But the good thing is that America shall overcome. The incoming POTUS is a man of peace and reconciliation. He will surely bring all Americans together to revive the soul of a nation.

I want to again thank the former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting the electoral defeat of 2015. It was a BIG DEAL! Yes! A BIG DEAL! 2015 GEJ’s concession was a tremendous deal that saved lives and Nigeria from the brink of the abyss. Unfortunately, the victor President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB), of the electoral victory of 2015 has become a glorified vector nauseatingly mismanaging our collective mandate and victory. President Buhari has failed in the enforcement of expectations to change Nigeria for good. Buhari is falling short of upcycling the previous administrations to meet the yearnings of the people. President Buhari’s shoddiness in managing our success has blighted his overrated integrity and administration.

The unfortunate insurrection that happened in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., USA marred our dear commonwealth. Still, my privileged country—the United States of America has a way of bouncing back from uproar and adversity. The United States will come back to be the known shining city on the hill. America will revert and rebound to be a beacon of democracy and lead the world again. Sometimes, when we cry, we must attempt to see everything around us; we must be cognizant of friends and foes to make informed decisions in the long run.

In reality, no one has a monopoly on violence and chaos. Expeditiously, the meek ones at the top in a potential mob and violent environment can sometimes save people in the volatile atmosphere. Imagine if Goodluck Jonathan had not called General Muhammad Buhari to concede power in the 2015 general election defeat! Uhmm! Nigeria would have ebbed into chaos and what I call ‘somalic and iraqic’ (Somalia and Iraq mayhem) conundrums. This piece is not meant to excuse the former President from the chronic corruption under his regime. And neither am I writing to excoriate or censure the former President. I am writing to show personal gratitude to him to have recouped Nigeria from the imminent crisis at that critical moment in our nation’s history.

“We the Buharists” may not understand or appreciate the imports of this appreciative piece; those who have conscious minds will comprehend the former President’s historic concession. Those who had wanted GEJ to fight the people’s popular wish were surreptitiously engaging in treasonable felony and insurrection with no nostalgia. Just like what happened in the Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. a few days ago, those who have seen the causative effects of thunder will refrain from taking part in abusing Sango-the King of Koso (Ẹni tí Ṣàngó bá tojú ẹ wọlẹ̀, kò ní bá wọn bú Ọba Koso). Only people with mindful minds can deconstruct the Yoruba axiomatic expression above. Kudos to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for saving Nigeria from Nigerians.


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