Monday, May 18, 2015

11 days to go: President Jonathan begs for forgiveness

President Goodluck Jonathan

11 days from today President Goodluck Jonathan will cease to be the President of Nigeria. Some of us are already missing him but don't expect to hear we are trekking to Otuoke... We are not that jobless! (Just saying..)

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, pleaded with Nigerians to forgive him and members of of his administration of anything he might have done wrong during the period that he piloted the affairs of the country.

He made the plea at a special thanksgiving service organised by the Aso Villa Chapel to bid him and his immediate family farewell after losing the March 28 presidential election to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari.

His words: "No system is perfect. Every human system must have an element of imperfection. For the past eight years, we have been here because, my transition from Vice President to President was gradual and complicated.

"When the President (late President Umaru Yar'Adua) had a major health challenge, I ran the affairs of the country for sometime. That was even before the doctrine of necessity made me acting president. Then I took over at first and conducted the 2011 election which I won and I had to run my full four years as an elected president. So, for the eight years that one has been here, definitely one is not perfect. "We have certainly done things we probably shouldn't, but we didn't do those things deliberately. So for those who we have offended, it was not deliberate, it was circumstances of the office. We also plead that those people should forgive. We think we have done our best.

"You can do your best and your friends may misunderstand you. Today we are talking about leaving. It is only God that knows why things go the way they do", the president said.

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