Learn the piece by Reno Omokri beneath…
On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the Face of Democracy in Africa, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, can be 61 years previous. On that very same day, he can be presenting his good e-book, My Transition Hours, to the general public.
Lastly, by way of that e-book, the world will get to see the person behind shut doorways and can, I hope, discovered that no Nigerian chief has proven the extent of self sacrifice, self management and restraint that former President Jonathan confirmed throughout and after his five-year tenure as President.
Nevertheless, due to an extended succession of brutal army dictators starting from 1966 and persevering with even into the arrival of the Fourth Republic, many Nigerians have been conditioned to see brutality as power and restraint as weak point.
However after three years of a brutal and brutally ineffective President, many voters are solely coming to know now what I knew in 2010-that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is a pacesetter of males who sees the individuals as the massive image relatively than himself.
He tried to indicate Nigerians the true that means of management. Sadly, the psyche of our individuals has for lengthy been conditioned to respecting leaders who rule, who boss and who throw their weight round. It was a tradition shock to have a pacesetter who relatively than throw his appreciable weight round, three his mind round, which is why no chief in Nigeria’s historical past has constructed as many faculties as Dr. Jonathan did.
And the factor is that he didn’t should. Major schooling is the constitutional protect of the states. But President Jonathan constructed 165 almajiri faculties as a result of he couldn’t sit by and watch as 11 million Nigerian kids, largely within the North, had been out of the varsity system.
Not stopping there, he constructed fourteen new universities comprising of twelve new federal universities and two specialised universities. Earlier than Jonathan, 12 Nigerian states had no federal universities. After Jonathan, no Nigerian state was with out at the least one college.
I had the privilege of asking him why he did what he did and he instructed me in California, whereas enjoying with my kids, as follows ‘Reno, no funding yields as a lot revenue as schooling’. Certainly, Jonathan is a thinker king!
From him, I learnt that the easiest way to be a pacesetter is to not boss individuals round, however to assist remedy their issues. Consider it this manner. There are various ships within the sea and the ocean is darkish. If you would like all of the ships to return to you, then be a lighthouse and they’re going to come to you of their very own accord.
I bear in mind after I joined him on a visit to London and on the airport, the Nigerian Excessive Fee to the U.Okay. had supplied a Mercedes sedan to select him up from the airport. I used to be to hitch him at his resort, so I escorted him to the automotive with one other of his associates. He acquired in after which checked out me and requested what I used to be ready for. I instructed him I might get a taxi and he goes, ‘don’t be foolish’, then does essentially the most superb factor. He shifted to the center of the again seat and beckoned on my buddy and I to hitch him on what is named the house owners’ nook in Nigeria. I do know of no different chief with the humility to try this.
A quintessential chief is Dr. Jonathan. A person who handled everybody with respect although he was the President of the most important Black nation on earth who led her to develop into Africa’s financial system. One factor you could be positive of is that if President Jonathan is wanting down at you, he’s doing so solely as a result of he’s admiring your footwear.
I learnt true humility from him, but it surely was within the space of communication that President Jonathan schooled me one of the best. From him I found that studying the artwork of communication will make you a pacesetter. Dr. Jonathan by no means converse simply to specific your self. He considers waste of time. Relatively, he all the time speaks to influence others. When others are speaking, he listens to them as if they’re an important individuals on earth. Truthfully, it’s an virtually ecstatic occasion to have a one on one communication with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
As he turns 61 at present, I wish to remind Nigerians of an announcement he made 4 years in the past.
On the seventh of March 2014, then President Jonathan stated “I’m loyal to Nigeria’s financial system. I don’t have accounts or property overseas. All my kids faculty in Nigeria”.
Until date, no person has been capable of contradict that assertion as a result of it’s true. However much more spectacular is the truth that not a kind of who’ve made it their profession accountable Jonathan for all the pieces that’s mistaken with their lives, can say the identical factor.
Dr. Jonathan was capable of obtain this as a result of he was a patriot who actually believes in Nigeria. Take a look at his initiatives to show across the lives of Nigerian youths. You will have the Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin), the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), the Presidential Particular Scholarship Scheme for Improvements and Improvement scholarships (PRESSID) to First Class graduates of Nigerian universities to say a number of.
With these schemes, it’s no marvel that Nigeria underneath Jonathan grew to become the third quickest rising financial system on this planet in keeping with CNNMoney and the Worldwide Financial Fund.
These days, those that rode to energy on the again of the freedoms that Dr. Jonathan ensured in Nigeria now threaten to lock up their critics citing ‘hate speech’. Have these people ever sat down to think about that underneath Jonathan’s management, not one single particular person was despatched to jail due to something she or he wrote or stated concerning the President or the federal government he headed. Nigeria had no political prisoners underneath Jonathan’s administration and the nation actually didn’t have any prisoners of conscience as a result of Jonathan himself ensured that he acted in keeping with his conscience in all he did.
On social media, I learn many Nigerian youths saying issues like, how did we go from ‘my ambition shouldn’t be definitely worth the blood of any Nigerian’ to being referred to as lazy Nigerian youths? That’s one query I can not reply. However one factor I do know, the Nigerian youth underneath President Jonathan had been among the most gifted and productive.
That’s the reason Nigeria was rated by Gallup because the happiest nation on this planet underneath Jonathan. Take into consideration that for a minute after which be a part of me in wishing Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan a really effectively deserved completely happy birthday in addition to an extended and fulfilled life to proceed serving humanity by way of the Goodluck Jonathan Basis.