Saturday, 3 December 2016

Goodluck Jonathan: “I Have Not QuitPolitics Yet”

Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
yesterday doused rife speculations that he
may have quit partisan politics, saying he
was not done yet with politics.
He was also categorical that he is still a
member of the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP although he declined to state if he
would participate in elective contest in the
Jonathan made this known at the unveiling
of “My Life and Nigerian Politics” a
memoir written by former Chairman,
Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PDP, Chief
Tony Anenih, at the International
Conference Centre, Abuja where the
former minister of works announced his
retirement from partisan politics with
immediate effect.
Speaking about his political direction,
Jonathan said though he had been absent
at PDP meetings since he left office, he was
firmly a member of the party.
“I have not retired from politics. I know
that since I left office I have not been at
meetings of the party but I am still a
committed PDP member,” he declared.
He praised Anenih for his role in the
nation’s political history describing him as
a patriotic Nigerian who was always
interested in the unity of Nigeria.
“Anenih works hard to ensure that what he
believes in succeeds. He does not
emphasize North, South divide,” the former
president said.
In his short speech where his retirement
from politics was announced, Anenih said,
“I am persuaded that I have no more
ambition nor any point to prove in politics.
I am, therefore, glad to declare that, from
today, I shall be withdrawing from active
partisan politics. I shall, however, continue
to avail the country of my experience, give
suggestions and offer advice, as a
He paid special tribute to God and some
Nigerians for their assistance to him in
different degrees.
“My gratitude is, first and foremost, to
Almighty God who has been my strength,
inspiration and protector in the more than
8 decades that I have lived on this planet.
If I were to be a dramatic person, which I
am not, I would have burst into one or
more of the praise songs, ringing in my
head. I would have sung, “WHAT SHALL I
It is to God, our great father, our good
shepherd and our wise King that I owe my
wonderful, eventful and successful journey
in life. I thank Him, I praise Him, I
worship Him, I give Him all the glory and
adoration that are due to His great and
mighty name!
“I have written this book to provide
lessons and encouragement for this and
future generations. I am hopeful that the
lessons of fortitude, hard work, diligence,
loyalty and service, which have been
manifest in my life, would give
encouragement to all those who are
serving as well as those who aspire to
serve our great fatherland.
“My cardinal focus and objective have
always been to be an agent of positive
development, unity and brotherhood in
“In the course of my political career, I have
interacted with all manner of people and
institutions. I have seen people at their best
and at their worst. I have worked with
reliable people as well as fickle people, I
have experienced undiluted loyalty and
disloyalty from unexpected places. I have
always tried to make the best of all
situations. I can, therefore, say, with great
pride, that I feel fulfilled in politics.”
The event which was preceded by a
thanksgiving at the Our Lady Queen of
Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Abuja was attended
by prominent Nigerians including former
head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar,
two former Vice Presidents, Dr. Alex
Ekwueme and Namadi Sambo, former
Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, Pius Anyim, former Chief
Justice of Nigeria, Aloma Mariam Mukhtar,
former governor of Jigawa State, Sule
Lamido and Gen. Theophilus Danjuma who
was represented by Prof. Jerry Gana. It was
chaired by Gen Abubakar.
Also eulogizing the former minister of
Works, former Head of State, Gen.
Abubakar said Anenih’s life story was that
of service to the country and humanity.
He described him as a model, recalling
several national positions Anenih held both
as a policeman and politician.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a
goodwill message read by the Master of
Ceremony, equally paid glowing tribute to
Anenih’s socio-political life, praying God to
grant him more years to continue to work
for the country.