Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said it is risky to talk about Nigeria’s situation and current events, saying ‘it is not the best thing to do’.
The former president said the country is passing through serious challenges and that making comments now about it is not the best thing to do. He said Nigeria is a country of resilient people and that the challenges facing the country would soon be over.
The former President disclosed this on Tuesday, at Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, where he was a special guest of honour at the presentation of staff of office to the 26th Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, HRM Oboro Gbaraun II Aketekpe, Agadagba.
The presentation of staff of office is a follow up to the monarch’s selection, confirmation and installation as Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom after following due process as specified under section 8 of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Edict of 1979 regulating succession to the throne.
Jonathan said Gbaramatu has been so associated with violence and militancy that most people would not believe that such a ceremony would be held peacefully in the kingdom. The former President lauded the Pere of Gbaramatu and urged the monarch to use his traditional stool to enthrone peace in the kingdom.
The reluctance of the former president to speak on national issues raises concern about his standing with the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which has accused many of his ministers, aides and party men of barefaced corruption during his six years of governance.
Against Buhari’s sustained onslaught, the expectation is for Jonathan to offer some explanation to dispel the heavy charge of corruption against him and his government.
Recall that Goodluck Jonathan was on Sunday conspicuously absent when former Christian Nigerian leaders gathered at the Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja for the end of the year thanksgiving.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo invited past leaders to join him and his wife to praise God for His goodness over the country.
At the end of the service, Osinbajo confirmed that all the former Nigerian leaders, including Jonathan were invited for the service, but (he) Jonathan decided to cancel his attendance at the last minute.
Former Nigerian leaders notably present at the thanksgiving service include; a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.); former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; former Chief of General Staff, Gen. Oladipo Diya (retd.); former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme; and Rear Admiral Ebitu Ukiwe (retd.).