President Goodluck Jonathan has said that whether in or out of government, he would continue to give his best to the country, even if it meant laying down his life for the greatness of Nigeria.
The president, who spoke at a thanksgiving service organised in his honour at the Anglican Church in Life Camp, Abuja, said the country had given him a lot right from his primary school days to the present moment when he is bowing out as a “very happy and fulfilled man.”
He said he had every reason to thank his home state of Bayelsa and the country at large for all the opportunities he had had to serve, saying not many persons in his generation had been fortunate as he had been in his political career.
President Jonathan recalled that he had got everything from the country on a platter of gold, having attained primary and secondary education as well as first and second university degrees on government scholarship.
He added that he didn’t even have to pay for his PhD course because his then employers paid.
The president said if soldiers and police officers who do not earn anything close to him die while protecting him and other Nigerians, it won’t be too much if he also sacrificed all he had, including his life for the country.
“When I look at the whole picture of my life up to when I became the president of this country, and I say that if soldiers and police officers that have not received 0. 5 percent of the benefits that I have received from the state can lay their lives for this country, I should do anything in the interest of Nigeria, including paying the supreme price.”
The president thanked Nigerians for their support and urged the church and other religious groups to pray for the success of the incoming administration, saying what mattered was not the person in charge of government but dividends of democracy.
“Even for the election, we had people who supported us all over the country but things went the way they did because God wanted it that way for a purpose.”
Speaking earlier, former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana described the president as a man favoured by God in many ways, thanking God for what He used Jonathan to achieve for the country.
Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo also praised the president while reeling out some of his unique qualities and achievements in office.


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