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Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan marks 65th birthday with low-key celebration (Photos)

Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has marked his 65th birthday in style with family and friends.

The former president who turned a new age on November 20th, 2022, was full of life in photos shared in what seems to be a low-key party organised for him by his family.

Jonathan’s son-in-law Prince God’swill Edward who shared photos from the celebration referred to the former Nigerian President as a “role model”.

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Jonathan ruled Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. He lost the 2015 presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, and was the first incumbent president in Nigerian history to concede defeat in an election.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed his predecessor, former President Goodluck Jonathan, for his personal sacrifices for the good of Nigeria and world peace.

The President’s encomiums for Jonathan were contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, marking the former President’s 65th birthday anniversary.

According to the statement, Buhari observed that Jonathan’s peaceful and sacrificial disposition has earned him the admiration of Nigerians and the global community, hence continuously positioning him for more services to humanity.

“On behalf of the government and Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari rejoices with former President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GFCR, on his 65th birthday, November 20, 2022.

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“President Buhari notes the unique position of the former President in the growth and development of the nation, sacrificing personal ambition for the greater good of the country, and successfully winning the hearts of Nigerians and the world as a man of peace, by carrying on his legacy of truce and amity to many countries.

“The President joins the family, particularly his wife, Patience, and mother, Eunice, in celebrating another milestone in the former President’s life, recalling his political journey, which has been evidently shaped by the mercies and grace of the Almighty God, starting as Deputy Governor, 1999-2005, Governor, 2005 -2007, Vice President, 2007-2010 and President, 2010-2015.

“The President believes the friendliness, loyalty, and humility of Dr Jonathan continue to open opportunities for service to humanity while defining a path for the former President to invest in people, institutions, and nations.

“As Dr. Jonathan clocks 65, President Buhari prays for his well-being and that of his family,” the statement reads.

Similarly, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as he marked his 65th birthday.

In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP and all patriotic Nigerians celebrated “Jonathan as an honest, forthright, humane, caring leader and Icon of Peace, whose love for Nigerians and commitment to the unity, stability, and development of the nation, in line with the manifesto of our great Party remain indelible in the national annals.

“Nigerians of diverse political persuasions extol President Jonathan’s peaceful personality, which has been acknowledged all over the world and with which he created the conducive atmosphere, national stability and cohesion for unprecedented economic growth during his tenure as President.”
The PDP spokesman, however, said in recognition of his peaceful persona, he has continued to be saddled with numerous foreign engagements to superintend over peace negotiations across the globe.

He said the PDP was proud of Jonathan for his achievements in key sectors including unprecedented investments and transformation in Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Real Estate, Aviation, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Electricity, revamping of the Railways and stimulating Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) leading to massive job opportunities and bequeathment of a $550 billion economy (largest in Africa and 26th globally) at the end of his very successful tenure in 2015.

PDP further said Nigerians recognised Jonathan’s efforts in deepening democracy, including initiating reforms that opened up the political space, allowed more citizen participation in politics and governance, promoted constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and strengthened the bond of unity, mutual respect and understanding among Nigerians.

The statement stated: “Nigerians will not forget President Jonathan’s display of love for the nation and the citizens, when he sacrificed his personal ambition for the unity and stability of our dear fatherland after the 2015 general election.

“On this special day, the PDP family celebrates President Jonathan and prays that God continues to increase him in wisdom and peaceful credentials to the benefit of our country in particular and humanity in general. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Mr. President!” the party stated.

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