Tony Ailemen Abuja
As President Goodluck Jonathan continues to reflect over his life and times as President of Nigeria, the outgoing President yesterday begged those whom he may have offended in the course of his duties, asking for their forgiveness.
This is just as First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan yesterday revealed that she was recently saved from a major health problem which would had claimed her life but for God’s divine intervention The outgoing First Lady who disclosed that she had to under go another round of serious health challenges during her husband’s re-election campaigns, said she was forced by the illness to sneaked out of the country in January to undergo a major operation, adding that despite this challenge she would attend campaign rallies in the afternoon and sneak to Germany with the last flight in the evening.
But President Jonathan, while speaking at farewell service organized for him and his family members by worshippers at the Aso Villa chapel, Abuja, noted that there was no way he would not have stepped on toes, but urged those he may have offended to find a place in their heart to forgive.
The President who noted that no one human being is perfect, said there is no way he would not have stepped on toes. He added that this would not have been deliberate He noted that there are times when one would take a decision in the best interest of all but even friends would misunderstand the situation.
“So for the eight that one has been there, definitely one is not perfect. We have certain 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. Ordinarily 24 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. The congregation will continue until new government takes over” he said . Also speaking at the Church Service which was attended by several dignitaries, the First Lady disclosed that two years ago when she was sick, in a space of one month she underwent 12 operations, She disclosed that she was billed for another surgery immediately after the elections but God miraculously healed her, as after her husband lost his re-election bid, she returned to Germany for the surgery only for the doctors to discover things had changed.
The event attracted amongst other personalities, former governor Anambra Peter Obi, ministers, Regional Pastor RCCG, Pastor Emmanuel Ibitayo, Sen. Philip Aduda, Abba Moro, Boni Haruna, Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Osita Chidoka, Sarah Ochekpe, member of house of reps, Helen Esuene, Ameh Ebute, Hon. Emmanual Ekong, Hon. Osai Osai, John Kenndy Okpara, Prof. Adelabu, CG Civil Defence, Prof. Nibu Ojerinde JAMB Reg. Bishop Ogunmuyiwa. Jack Danagogo, Laurencia Malam, Dan Abia Chairman NDCC, amongst others.