2015: Jonathan Accepts Shagari’s Apology, Declares Himself Enemy Free

Former President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has declared he has no enemies to fight as he accepted the open apology of Aminu Shagri, son of former President Shehu Shagari, who worked against him in the run-up to the 2015 Presidential election.

Jonathan’s statement was conveyed in a Facebook post even as he acknowledged Aminu’s public apology.

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The Ogbia-born former President emphasized he took no records of never offence, and neither did he harbor any grudges.

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He wrote, “Dear Honourable Aminu Shagari, Thank you for your apology. However, I never took offence. My firm belief is that I am a pencil in the Hand of God.

“Therefore, I have no enemies to fight, because of my confidence that people can only do to me what God permits. I urge you to continue to emulate the humility of your father, the late President Shehu Shagari, a most detribalised Nigerian. May God bless you. GEJ.”

Aminu’s apology was borne out of his regret for supporting Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress, who has done nothing tangible to better the Nigerian state.

He said, “Let me use this opportunity to tender a public apology to former President Jonathan and seek forgiveness because I helped to divide the Peoples Democratic Party and bring down his government, but, I have found out that what we thought about his stewardship was not entirely true.

“I expect President Buhari to also ask for forgiveness having found out that most of the things he accused my dad’s and President Jonathan’s administrations of are not true.”

Speaking on the current state of Nigeria, Aminu said “I am very disappointed.” He noted that Nigeria’s only hope is in good governance.

“I believe if we get it right in this aspect of our national life, our story would turn from bad to good within a short time. With emphasis, all we require is a credible and sincere leadership that will maximise our God-given talents and resources.

“A lot of us committed so much to bring this administration on board. As an individual, I assumed that, if nothing else, we would get the issue of security right, and every other thing would follow.”

Aminu Shagari is a three-term House of Representatives member.

His father, Shehu Shagari’s reign as a democratically elected president was toppled by a then General Muhammadu Buhari in 1983.

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