My aides abandoned me after i left office, but Governor Mohammed has always been loyal – ex-President Jonathan

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

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said that some of his aides and allies abandoned him after he left office.

Jonathan however described Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State as a trusted son whose loyalty is unparalleled.

Ex-President Jonathan was in Bauchi State to inaugurate the 6.25Km Sabon Kaura-Jos bypass road constructed by the Bauchi State Government.

“Today is a very big day for me, and you know why, because it is not easy for somebody to work with you in Nigeria then, even after leaving office, that person still continues with that kind of strong relationship with you.

“I have been in government for a reasonable time, I have attained a number of levels starting from deputy governor and most of our experience is that after leaving office, some of the people you think that if they don’t see you will not eat, will just forget that you even exist.

“But this Senator Bala Mohammed, the governor of Bauchi State, is a good brother and he has invited me to inaugurate the first major project that he has completed. That is a big honour, and it is not only inauguration, he even named the road after me as Goodluck Jonathan Road.”

Speaking at the Palace of the Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, the ex-President said that the tradition of favouritism in leadership positions among families, friends, acquaintances rather than ability and capability to deliver is responsible for the nation’s backwardness.

He noted that in Nigeria, before one can be appointed to an office or given a responsibility, he must know someone at the top.

Reacting to the introductory comments made by Governor Mohammed, Jonathan said; “Yes, I did not know him when I met him and made him the FCT minister.

“In Nigeria, we have this tradition where some people feel that some ministries are big and juicy and must be given to a special person or that you have to know someone before you give him a responsibility, role or put him somewhere. It is not like that with me, it is not my way of doing things.”

Governor Mohammed described Jonathan as a mentor who has made much impact in his life, adding that the president was instrumental to his fame in Nigeria.

Also responding, the Emir described the former president as a detribalised Nigerian who demonstrated patriotism, nationalism and statemanship during his reign as president of Nigeria.

The Emir conferred the traditional title of ‘Jigon Bauchi’ to the former president, adding that the Traditional Council thanked him for making Bauchi his home and given the opportunity to Bala Mohammed to serve as Minister of FCT.

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