My 2023 presidential ambition mere speculations. I am committed to serving God, humanity, Africa and the world

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during a book presentation in Rivers State

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied plans to return to the presidency in 2023.

The former president on Friday said that the rumours of his interest to contest in the 2023 presidential election was mere speculation.

“On the rumour of my interest in the 2023 presidential election, it is mere speculation. I will continue to serve God, humanity, Africa and the world to the best of his ability and with all sense of commitment and sincerity,” Jonathan said when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State over the death of his father, Sir Okorie Okowa.

On the spate of insecurity in Nigeria, Jonathan called for synergy between President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, security chiefs and other stakeholders.

He expressed sadness that schoolchildren and many other Nigerians were being kidnapped for ransom by bandits.

“I believe that with the commitment of the governors and the Federal Government, we will be able to address the issue of insecurity in the country. I believe that the President himself is not sleeping and that the governors are not sleeping as well over the insecurity challenge in the country.

“As long as the governors, the President and all the security agencies can work together, Nigeria will be able to cross over this very ugly phase of societal evolution,” he said.

Ex-President Jonathan commiserated with Governor Okowa on the passing of his father and encouraged him and his siblings to promote their father’s enviable records.

Thanking the former president, Governor Okowa noted that they were happy and consoled because their father died in Christ.

“We appreciate your fatherly role, even within our own South-South region and I must actually use this opportunity to thank you for the establishment of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko because that actually did bring peace to us as a state,” Okowa added.

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