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Pres. Jonathan: No One is Perfect…Forgive Me I Have Offended You

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PIC 5. FROM LEFT: WIFE OF THE CHAPLAIN, ASO VILLA CHAPEL, MRS MARTHA ONWUZURUMBA;  PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN;  FIRST LADY, DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN AND CHAPLAIN, VEN OBIOMA ONWUZURUMBA AT A  SPECIAL THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE  FOR THE FIRST FAMILY AT THE ASO VILLA CHAPEL, ABUJA ON SUNDAY (17/5/15) 2628/17/5/2015/ICE/HF/NAN

From  Left Wife of the Chaplain, Aso Villa Chapel, Martha Onwuzurumba; President Goodluck Jonathan; First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan & Chaplain Obioma Onwuzurumba at a special thanksgiving church service
for the First Family at Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja on Sunday (17/5/15)

In a heartfelt farewell message, President Goodluck Jonathan admitted his imperfections, and asked for the forgiveness of all those whom his administration has offended.

He delivered the touching speech on Sunday at a special thanksgiving/farewell service held at Aso Villa Chapel, The Nation reports.

Here is an excerpt from his speech:

“No system is perfect. Every human system must have an element of imperfection. For the period of eight years that we have been here. I will take the period as a block because my transition from VP to President was gradual and complicated. It was intertwined so you cannot actually draw the line.

Because when the President was challenged within major health issues, I was running the country for sometimes even before the doctrine of necessity made me as acting president. Then I took over at first and conducting the 2011 election I won and I had to run my full four years as an elected president.

So for the eight that one has been there, definitely one is not perfect. We have certainly done things that probably we wouldn’t have done that way, but we didn’t do things deliberately. So for those who we have offended it was not deliberate, it was circumstances of the office.

So we also plead that those people should forgive, we think we have done our best. You can do your best and your friends may misunderstand you. Today we are talking about leaving, it is only God that knows why things go the way they do.

We came in as Vice President and my wife, today we are leaving as the former president and former First Lady. We have achieved it through you. Let me specifically thank the chaplain, the clergymen, the pastors and their wives.

For the past eight years we have every reason to be thankful to God. Every individual has his/her own calling. I also believe that people who take over political leadership have their own callings to do specific things. No one, head of a government, be it at the national level or the sub- regional levels can do every thing.

But when you leave, you will want to do something to show that yes I was here. The chaplain has said that nothing is perfect, if you wait for perfection, you cannot achieve anything.

Ordinarily 24th of May would haven been the last Service here. But that 24th, we will all go to the National Christian Centre for the inauguration service. So for me and my wife, this is our last day of worship here.

“Though we are leaving as president and First Lady, but we have not left you, because we are still in this country, we will continue to interact one way or the other, probably along the line we may even come closer. I believe some of you may even come closer, and even do more meaningful things together when we leave office.

I don’t really believe that it is only in government that you can do thing, even outside government you do a lot of things. The richest people in the world don’t even serve in government.

Dangote has never been in government, so you don’t need to be in government to be rich. Bill Gates has not been in government. So outside government a lot of things happen, it is for us to be committed and continue to be focus. Me and my wife really love all of you.”

PIC 6.  PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L) AND FIRST LADY DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN   RECEIVING A SOURVENIR FROM THE  CHAPLAIN, ASO VILLA CHAPEL, VEN. OBIOMA ONWUZURUMBA AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE  CHURCH COMMITTEE DURING A SPECIAL  THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE BY THE FIRST FAMILY AT THE ASO VILLA CHAPEL IN ABUJA  ON SUNDAY (17/5/15). 2629/17/5/2015/ICE/HF/NAN

 President Jonathan (L) & First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan receiving a souvenir from the
Chaplain, Aso Villa Chapel, and other members of the church committe during a special
thanksgiving church service by the First Family  at the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja
on Sunday (17/5/15).

PIC.7. PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN; FIRST LADY, DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN AND MEMBERS  OF THEIR  FAMILY DANCING  TO THE ALTAR DURING A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICE BY THE FIRST FAMILY AT  THE ASO VILLA CHAPEL IN ABUJA ON SUNDAY    (17/5/15). 2630/17/5/2015/ICE/HF/NAN

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30 Comments

  1. Anon

    May 18, 2015 at 11:22 am

    What a comedown! When power is taken away from you, “false” humility takes over.

    Let posterity judge you.

    • Alex

      May 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      If there’s one thing that Jonathan has that cannot be taken from him, it’s his humility sir. So your comment about “false humility” is kinda ridiculous:)

    • Jhennique

      May 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Yes but he had too much humility to be a successful president.

    • Seriously

      May 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      It’s refreshing to hear a president admit some problems in his administration. I believe Jonathan is a decent man, but failed at his job. He also surrounded himself with non progressive which also says a lot about him.And, him losing to Buhari has humbled him more bcos him and patience worked really hard and were convinced they will win re eclection. However, I hope $20billion missing and many things that took place in his administration will be probed and not just brushed aside like other previous leadership. If Nigeria, wants change it has to start from now and let’s move ahead from here.

  2. Ada bekee

    May 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Gbam!!! You don’t have to be in Government to contribute your own quota to the society. I so love this man. The more you hate him the better he gets.

  3. Naysayers Unite

    May 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Dangote has never been in government, so you don’t need to be in government to be rich. Bill Gates has not been in government. So outside government a lot of things happen, it is for us to be committed and continue to be focus. Me and my wife really love all of you.”

    But at the end of the day it’s still about money. He still thinks that being able to make money is the most important legacy a person can have. This guy is sick. At least deceive us small by saying that now you’re out of office, you still want to help the plight of everyday Nigerians who are suffering, the less privileged etc. His legacy is to be as rich as Dangote. These politicians are actually very warped people with absolutely no shame!

    • Beeeee

      May 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Did you actually read the whole thing or you just picked one sentence that would allow you to rant? I think he was trying to say that you do not need to be in government to have money to contribute to the society.

    • Alex

      May 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      So you just decided to read what you wanted to read and not what was written? Was there a place there that he said his legacy is to be rich like dangote? Or that the only legacy one can have is to be rich? He is saying that being in government is not a do or die affair and leaving government is not the end of your life. I know that Jonathan was not the best president and he’s made mistakes in his tenure but he is definitely not the worst politician so cut the man just a tiny bit of slack and let him vamoose in peace!

    • Ada bekee

      May 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      You are more sick than he is. Imagine! How can you call a man that has been your president for eight years sick? Yes, I’m taking it personal. You need to have yourself checked. Try and be elected into a public office and let’s see what you can achieve. Its people like you that sit down, fold their hands and complain about things not been done rightly. Come out and let’s see what you can do. You think it’s easy. #talkischeap#

  4. Zeb

    May 18, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Pretty n chubby first lady God bless u for being ur husband’s pillar cos naija’s wahala would have killed him a long time ago. #no one is perfect.

  5. Zoey

    May 18, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Sometimes, rendering an apology can be hard and even More so admitting to failure harder . Did past nigerian presidents render any apology ? I doubt it !!! After all , let God be the judge .

  6. Naked

    May 18, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Yes we will forgive you, but not until there is restitution else every political office holder who is found wanting will start playing the “forgive me” card on nigerians. Let every political office holder who is corrupt be investigated, charged to court and jailed if found guilty. And let them see the jail term as a service to the nation for their wrong doing and for a better Nigeria.

    If we start forgiving every corrupt looters of our patrimony without restitution, then what all looters need to do is loot our money, buy mansions in others countries, stash our money in foreign bank accounts and then beg “we gullible nigerians” for forgiveness because they know we’ll forgive them without restitution.

    Time and tides have changed Mr. Jonathan. There will be no forgiveness for any corrupt individual without restitution.

    • onetallgirl

      May 18, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      I completely agreed @Naked, don’t think just you asked for forgiveness all the harm you caused the country will be swept under the rug.

    • point noted

      May 18, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Let IBB and Obasanjo also restitute. Can we not also forget Abacha and Abdusalam Abubakar? What of Atiku? How about Tinubu and Lucky Igbonedion? Rotimi Amaechi nko? They all have to be called out, one after the other.

  7. lol

    May 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Will it sound cold hearthed if I said ^^^^^^(that speech up there) is full of shit! Complete shit!

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      you’re not wrong at all

  8. La'Shonda Balogun

    May 18, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    hmmm….its all well and good to be conciliatory and ask for forgiveness etc now but what would have really helped the people would have been more action when you were actually in power. Instead of being weak-willed and allowing corruption to get out of hand.

  9. Marv

    May 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    People should leave this man alone. Go and enjoy your life Mr President. 🙂

  10. Missy J

    May 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Forgive keh?!!! Ofcourse we will forgive but won’t forget our $20 billion. You and your cohorts still have to answer for it.

    • sexxxxxy b

      May 19, 2015 at 7:53 am

      did obasanjo, Tinubu, Fashola. Amaechi, ibb not steal more than that combined……so please check your facts. everyone of them should be probed.

  11. Alex

    May 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Nigerians are never satisfied. The man has said he has wronged us and is sorry, why can’t you just accept the apology and move on to a new government? If he didn’t apologise, he’s bad; he has apologised, he’s also bad. Let the man go and let’s focus our attention on the new people coming in!

  12. Kemmie

    May 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    It seems since GEJ lost the election about 6weeks ago, Aso Rock chapel/church has been holding weekly send off parties/prayers for him. I doubt if they have any more time to preach the gospel. The chapel has always been about serving the first family anyway.

  13. Stella

    May 18, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I love you too my president, you have tried your best. I wish you and your family the very best life can offer.

  14. Awoyo

    May 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Your Excellency, not long to go.

    Keep up the sackings.

    I shall not miss you, your handling of the current fuel crisis or plea for forgiveness.

    What a way to handover…what a legacy.

  15. Pat

    May 18, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    The only humble president Nigeria has ever had. How many Naija politicians/president accept their wrong doing or even seek forgiveness.

  16. nene+

    May 18, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Isn’t this what we expected Buhari to just say after some of his lunatic followers butchered and charred human bodies when he lost election????

    This is it and yet some very funny people on this platform are calling Jonathan names for saying “i am sorry”????

    I am touched cos i have never heard” i am sorry” from any Nigerian president for all my life.
    Haters with small minds are going to hate and when they see even Jesus they will also accuse him for their malaria and their inability to read and write.

    Jonathan as a human being, your type is rare,your humility is undebatable more so from a president! Any one who says Jonathan is only humble cos he lost lies from the dept of the hell!

    I am sure that when your story will be told after you, people will smile.

  17. Mostest

    May 19, 2015 at 1:28 am

    If he’s admitting to have been in power for 8 years, why was he trying to return? Good man or not, the mess that himself and oil lady have thrown this country into can never be forgotten. The way they were stealing money, to the point where even houseboy will have access to millions of dollars is shameful. The whole subsidy scam which is still causing fuel scarcity and untold hardship till date is a complete failure, worse still when he will never accept responsibility for anything. Leader indeed. Anyhow, buhari is here now, GEJ never hessperrerit. Time to put our resources to good use and see where we can get.

  18. kaka cool

    May 19, 2015 at 4:19 am

    God bless my president, God bless Goodluck Ebele Jonathan!

  19. Ty

    May 19, 2015 at 5:18 am

    enough mr jonathan. I’m tired of you making us feel pity for you. Nigeria will never grow with all this pitiful individuals. We want to work and less talk, keep it moving.

  20. Goodluck

    July 14, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Goodluck……

    you are a man of peace

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