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Monday, 11 May 2015

I Hope My Wife Will Not Divorce Me –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said his decision to concede defeat in the last Presidential election was a costly one, not only for members of his family, but for his supporters and cabinet members.

He said many people were hurt for his resolve to concede defeat, expressing hope that he would not lose Dame Patience through a possible divorce.

speaking at a Thanksgiving and Farwell Service organised in his honour by the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion at the Life Camp, Gwarimpa, Abuja today.

He stressed how costly his decision was, Jonathan alluded to the case of former South-African President in the days of apartheid, Frederik Willem de Klerk who he said got a divorce from his wife of many years simply for announcing that he would relinquish power to the blacks in the country.

He said: “I believe there are reasons for everything. Some hard decisions have their own cost. 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 must be ready to pay for.
“Some people come to me and say this or that person, is he not your friend? Is it not your government that this person benefited 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 F.W de Klerk 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 still remain a global player. If we still had 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.
While expressing appreciation to  God for what he has done for him and his family, President Jonathan said he had all the reason to thank God.
He expressed sympathy with members of his cabinet, who he said would face persecution after his exit from power, just as he urge his supporters in government to prepare for hard times.

He said his consolation, however is that “We came to Abuja in peace and we are returning home peacefully”

Jonathan thanked his supporters across the federation and in particular the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), just as he wished the incoming government good and rewarding stay.


Jonathan at the end of the service was presented with a portrait of him bearing the map of Nigeria, as a gift from the Anglican Church of Nigeria
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