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Independence Day speech: Nigerians knock Jonathan, say your good man put us in Buhari’s trouble

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Nigerians have knocked former President Goodluck Jonathan over his Independence Day statement on October 1, 2020, saying Nigeria is in the travails of President Muhammadu Buhari due to his “good man”.

One such commenter said he should have manipulated the election that brought Buhari as president, saying “sometimes you have to do the wrong thing to make things right”.

President Jonathan had, in the statement titled “Nigeria at 60: we should not despair” congratulated Nigerians on the 60th Independence Anniversary celebration.

He recalled how the country, sixty years ago, made a procession of victory, as the nation bade farewell to colonialism and emancipated the lands from servitude.

He said that Independence day was a day of hope, promises and great expectations amplified by the reality of freedom and the vista of vast opportunities.

“We may not have met all the expectations and fulfilled all the promises that came with our independence,” he said.

He further enjoined Citizens to seize the opportunities that the Covid-19 pandemic presents to recreate and build a stronger nation.

“Our success as a nation lies in the fervency of our faith, the strength of our unity and commitment to our national creed: unity and faith, peace and progress,” he noted. [Read the full statement below]

Nigerians react:

la victoria está cerca @demboiz_db2 replying to Jonathan, said:

Pls leave us alone oo… if you had rigged that 2015 elections we for no Dey this yeye condition. Your good man don put us for buhari hand. Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing to make things right.

balarabe musa ahmad @balarabemusaah3:

Sir we also wish success in whole your life. Still missing. And regretted letting you go. All the best now and in the future. God continue blessing u.

Josiah @Holusholar6

970 days left for us to end this APC administration sir. Youths, we all need to be on same level. Cos, that’s when we will experience REAL independence.

Chukwudi Anene @chuksanene

You contributed a great deal to our despair. If you had taken advantage of the opportunity you were given to change Nigeria for better, we would not be here today. You were so bad we overlooked Buhari’s flaws. You played a major role in our despair

Chetachi @chetach15011359

Sometimes, I just don’t understand GEJ at all. Why is he promoting a useless entity that can never be one. The same zoo government that removed you from office, impoverished your own people that same people you’re celebrating?? Na Wa oo! Enweghi Ako na uche ajo ka.

David Ifeanyi Ugochukwu @livindave

How shouldn’t we despair? With increasing stories of death from insecurity, inability to cover hospital bills, and hunger. How can we not despair? There are many more wailing tales, but let’s just start here.

Admiral_Phynix @GPhynix

Even though we are kinsmen. No dey come write plenty things here people are suffering and you follow cause am. See who you concede to Man facepalming

BELLO ISAH @BELLOIS57898669

Congratulation to you also as former president of the country your service to the nation will never be in vain you are among the Nigerian Hero’s that sacrifice all for our country remain in peace, unity and Progress thank you sir

Chukwuemeka Osuigwe @NationCh

It was in the election that brought in Buhari govt I ever wished you have rigged that election or even canceled it after witnessing calamity in governance. I’m a great Democrat. I was happy that you handed him power, but as of today, I wish you were undemocratic for onceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying faceLoudly crying face

Anyanwu Franklin O. @Yungest_frank

You remained the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria. We’re in deep shame that we betrayed you with our cowardice. Posterity will never forget you soon Sir

SAKIRU OLADELE AKINTOLA @SakiruAkintola

Thanks for your submission, you tried to let us see true democracy and leadership but one thing lead to other and everything scattered. I wish you happy independence and also urge you to continue your good work

Chris @Chris83933467

Sir are we really one now? It’s obvious from all indications that we are not one, the north and the rest of the nation are worlds apart, and this despotic government is throwing it in our face,dividing Nigeria the more. I have never seen a wicked group as this ruling naija

Okoroma chijindu @OChijindu

60 years of shame. We were at the right track before u made the call that brought calamity upon us

See the full statement below:

Nigeria at 60: we should not despair

 

I congratulate all Nigerians as we celebrate our 60th Independence Anniversary. Today is another unique day in our nation’s history. It marks six decades of the anniversary of our self-rule.

It is an occasion that commemorates our political freedom.

Sixty years ago, we made a procession of victory, as we bade farewell to colonialism and emancipated our lands from the clutches of servitude.

It was a day of hope, promises and great expectations amplified by the reality of freedom and the vista of vast opportunities.We may not have met all the expectations and fulfilled all the promises that came with our independence.

It may seem that we are punching below our weight in terms of the rate of development and economic growth but we have recorded some progress, triumphed over challenges and excelled in many spheres.

In sports, entertainment, arts, education and even in politics; The Green – White – Green has flown with pride, honour and dignity in the comity of nations, in the last 60 years.

Like many other great nations, our journey has been that of mixed fortunes. Our nation has been through periods of progress and times of setbacks. We have experienced eras of strength, unity and faith as well as seasons of weakness, trials and despair.

Despite these challenges, we have remained as one, and nurtured our democracy to 21 unbroken years.

Nation building is a journey and everyone has a role to play for us to arrive safely in our desired destination.

Nation building is a journey and everyone has a role to play for us to arrive safely in our desired destination. Today, we are confronted with numerous challenges and we require the commitment of all citizens to stabilize this nation.

As a democrat, I believe that democracy remains the best platform for nation building, as it affords every citizen the opportunity to have a say on how our country should be governed.

I therefore urge us to make investments that will shore up the democratic gains and work towards building strong and virile institutions.

We need to harness the greatness that lies within our diversity and the strength of our population, to recreate and build the Nigeria we desire. We must de-emphasize our fault lines and concentrate on the silver lining within our lands.

Every great nation is built on the patriotic sacrifices of its citizens. We should show love, unity and understanding in times of trials and never lose hope in the presence of despair.

This is the spirit that is required to build our nation, to enable us live in the land of our collective dreams.

Today Nigeria and the rest of the world are going through a major health crisis, that has continued to threaten the stability of states and their institutions as well as the lives and livelihoods of citizens. We must never give up, no matter the challenges we face today. We should not live in despair of opportunities lost or dreams deferred.

Let us seize the opportunities that this pandemic presents to recreate and build a stronger nation. Our success as a nation lies in the fervency of our faith, the strength of our unity and commitment to our national creed: unity and faith, peace and progress.

Let us work in solidarity to ensure that this national creed does not become a mere slogan but a lived experience for all.

Dear Compatriots, as we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of our independence, we should recognize that not many are privileged to witness this moment as some have paid the supreme price defending and upholding our nation’s unity and advancing the course of our nationhood.

I wish to pay a special tribute to these patriots who will continue to be our heroes. And to all other Nigerians, this is not a time to lose faith in our nation.

We should be steadfast in service; promoting peace, unity and hope. Let us sustain the national conversations in search of equity, justice and unity and progress.

Happy Independence Anniversary!

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