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Be Ready For Persecution, Jonathan Tells Aides

Every Decision Comes With Consequences President Goodluck Jonathan Reminds His Ministers And Aides As Thanks All For Opportunity To Serve

Tony Ailemen, Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday took an introspective look into some of his actions and decision as President, saying that some of the decision will definitely affect those who had worked with him. The President, while probably referring to his decision to create room for free and fair election as well as concede defeat after the just concluded presidential election, noted that while the decision may work in the interest of larger majority of Nigerians, others, including his aides may not have to bear the pains of such decisions. He stated that the electoral process which he introduced and nurtured successfully has helped to stabilize the country, despite the costs. He, therefore, called on his Ministers, personal aides and close associates to bear with those decisions and be ready for the persecution that may follow.

The President expressed happiness that the ordinary people appreciate what he did adding that “that is most important. It’s not what the elite or the privileged few talk or say about you but what the majority of the Nigerian public think about your actions and inactions that matter”. He declared that he had reasons to thank God, adding that “very few of those in my age brackets have been that lucky. All through my education were on government scholarship. I have not suffered lack not because I am hard working but by God’s grace.” “We came to Abuja peacefully and we are returning peacefully”, he said. He stated these at a thanksgiving and Farewell Service in his honour at the Cathedral Church of the Advent Life-Camp, Gwarinpan Abuja, yesterday. President Jonathan, who drew inferences from post Apartheid development in South Africa, noted that even former South African leader, P W De Clerk, lost his wife to divorce over his decision to end minority rule in South Africa. “I believe there are reasons for everything. Some hard decisions have their own cost, no doubt about that.

That I have ran the government this way that stabilized certain things, the electoral process and other things that brought stability into this country.“They were very costly decisions which I myself must be ready to pay for. “Some people came to me and say this or that person is he not your friend that benefitted? Is it not your government that this person benefitted from? But this is what the person is saying. But I used to say worse statements will come. If you take certain decisions, you should know that those close to you will even abandon you at some point. “And I tell them that more of my so-called friends will disappear. When FW De clerk took the decision to abolish minority rule in RSA, even his wife divorced him. I hope my wife will not divorce me.

But that is the only decision that has made RSA to remain a global player. If we still had that minority rule there, by this time, nobody will be talking about RSA.. “If you take certain decisions, it might be good for the generality of the people but it might affect people differently. So for ministers and aides who served with me, I sympathize with them, they will be persecuted. And they must be ready for that persecution”, he said. Quoting profusely from the renown educationist, Dr.Tai Solarin, the President said “May your ways be rough”. “To my ministers, I wish you what I wish myself. They will have hard times; we will all have hard times. Our ways will be rough. “But we are happy the ordinary people appreciate what we did and that is most important. It is not what the elite or the privileged few talk or say about you but what the majority of the Nigerian public think about your actions and inactions that matter. We came to Abuja peacefully and we are returning peacefully.

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