Nigeria’s Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has on Friday addressed protesters demanding he contest for the upcoming 2023 presidential election in the country.
The protesters stormed the ex-president’s private office in Abuja to demand that he declares to run for the office of President in 2023. According to them, Jonathan’s administration was better than the present President Buhari led government.
A spokesman for the group, Mayor Samuel, who is also the convener of the Youth Compatriots of Nigeria said, “We were deceived and brainwashed by those who claimed they could do it in 2015.
“Now, we know better, under Jonathan the minimum wage could buy one or two bags of rice. What do we have today? We are begging President Jonathan to forgive us, we have realized our mistakes, we want him back to complete what he started.”
Receiving the protesters, ex-president Jonathan asks Nigerian youths to show greater interest in the nation’s political process. He stated that he can’t tell them if he would be declaring or not for the 2023 presidential race yet.
He said he was aware that they were “here to ask me to declare,” but he said, “I cannot declare because some process are still ongoing.”
“Yes you are calling me to come and declare for the next election, I cannot tell I’m declaring. The political process is ongoing just watch out. The key role you must play is that Nigeria must get somebody that will carry young people along,” Jonathan said.