Biography, Profile & Life History Of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan CGFR

Biography, Profile & Life History Of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan CGFR

Former President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan aka GEJ was the president and commander-in-chief of the federal armed forces of Nigeria who took over the mantle of leadership after the death of President Umaru Musa Yar-Adua. Goodluck Jonathan was born on November 20, 1957.

He is regarded as the luckiest politician in Nigeria’s history, having served as a deputy governor in Bayelsa State prior to December 2005 but got sworn in as the governor after the erstwhile governor Mr. Alamiesiegha was impeached.
Mr. Jonathan became the Governor of Bayelsa from December 2005 to May 2007. His fate also earned him the president of Nigeria in February 2010 when the Nigerian senate confirmed him following the hospitalization and subsequent death of the then president Yaradua.
History Of President Goodluck Jonathan

According to the NAN, Goodluck Jonathan was born in Otueke, in the Eastern region of River State which has now become Bayelsa State because of numerous state creation in 1993. Ebele Jonathan obtained a BSc in Zoology and went ahead to obtain a Phd in Zoology at the University of Port-Harcourt. While studying at the university he also taught at Rivers State College of Education from 1983 until 1993

Mr. Jonathan has worked as an education Inspector and an environmental protection officer before joining politics in 1998. Goodluck Jonathan biography cannot be complete without mentioning his marriage to Dame Patience Jonathan; the marriage is blessed with 2 children. Goodluck Jonathan Children rarely appear in the public.

Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian economy

Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, recently tagged himself as “the most criticized president in the world” many Nigerians believed he was speaking the truth as most of his economic policies were out-rightly rejected and criticized for lacking “human face” The outright rejection of the removal of fuel subsidy for instance is one of such.
Ex President Goodluck Jonathan won at the polls in April 2011, and his victory was declared by the court as free and fair, however the violence that trails his declaration as the president continues to this day, with thousands of Christians as well as southerners living in the North either killed or maimed. The real cause of the killings in the North was that most northerners believed that the tradition of rotational president which includes 2-terms in office has been broken with the swearing-in of President Jonathan after the death of President Musa Yaradua who was a Northerner. 

He was later dethroned in 2015 after former military head of state Gen. Muhammadu Buhari won the general election on the platform of All Progressive Congress. This was the first time an opposition party has ever dethroned/defeated an incumbent president in Nigeria. Many people thought Goodluck will not handover power peace aimed high tension in the country and impending chaos. But he surprised everybody and conceded defeat even before all the election results where released. He said in his handover note "my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigeria"

President Goodluck Jonathan's career profile
  • In 1993, he was appointed as an assistant director at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, a post he held till 1998. By now he had also worked as an education inspector and environmental-protection officer.
  • He entered politics in the late 1990s when he became involved with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), an emerging political party. Under the party’s banner he was elected deputy governor of Bayelsa state in 1999.
  • As the deputy governor he worked alongside Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who was selected as the governor of the state. In 2005, the incumbent governor Alamieyeseigha was accused of money laundering in the United Kingdom and thus Jonathan was sworn in as the governor.
  • In 2007, he was selected to be the vice presidential running mate of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. They were both elected and took their respective offices in May.
  • As Vice-President he was by statute, a member of the National Security Council, the National Defence Council, the Federal Executive Council, and the Chairman of National Economic Council.
  • As Vice-President, he played an important role in negotiating with militants in the Niger delta, who were fighting against petroleum companies operating in the delta region. In spite of holding such a high office he remained in the political background and maintained a low-profile.
  • His duties significantly rose in 2010 when the incumbent President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua started suffering from serious health problems. Yar’Adua was often away from the country for his medical treatment and the governance of the country suffered because of this.
  • Members of Nigeria’s National Assembly voted to have Jonathan assume full powers of the president and serve as the acting president until the incumbent president was able to resume his duties. Thus Jonathan became the Acting President in February 2010.
  • As the Acting President he asserted his power by reshuffling Yar’Adua’s cabinet. The Labour Minister Prince Adetokunbo Kayode was named Minister of Justice while the incumbent Minister of Justice Mike Aondoakaa was named as the Minister of Special Duties. Jonathan also promised to continue implementing the Seven-point agenda policy framework of President Umaru Musa Yar’adua.
  • President Yar’adua died on 5 May, 2010 and Jonathan was sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the following day, thus becoming Nigeria's 14th Head of State.
  • Jonathan became the president under sad circumstances. Nevertheless, he immediately began his work as the president to bring about more efficient governance. He announced that his administration would focus on the issues of anti-corruption and electoral reforms.
  • He launched his 'Roadmap for Power Sector Reform in August 2010 in order to achieve stable electricity supply in Nigeria. In October 2011 he launched the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN) Initiative for harnessing the creative energies of young people between the ages of 18 and 35.
Biography, Profile & Life History Of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan CGFR Biography, Profile & Life History Of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan CGFR Reviewed by Exlink Lodge on Thursday, June 01, 2017 Rating: 5

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