By Abiodun Alade
Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district, Ben Bruce, on Tuesday, said that it is unjust to ignore all the good works of former President Goodluck Jonathan, but only blame him for all the country’s woes.
Bruce argued that there were problems in Nigeria when Jonathan became President in 2010 but he didn’t blame his predecessors or the military, rather he did his best to fix the challenges confronting the country.
“Jonathan has his own faults but he did achieve great things for Nigeria and it is unjust to ignore all he did and blame him to the world. There were problems in Nigeria when Jonathan suddenly became President. He didn’t blame the military or Yar’adua. He just tried his best,” Bruce noted.
The media guru added that Jonathan has left giant footprints in eternity’s sands of time and it will be a waste of time to try to erase them by constantly castigating him.
“No matter what anyone says to the world about Goodluck Jonathan, the world also has its way of getting independent information on Nigeria. Hate him or love him, Jonathan has left giant footprints in eternity’s sands of time! No eraser is strong enough to make them indelible,” he said.
The Common Sense advocate opined that the world appreciates what Jonathan did in Nigeria.
“Recently the world was looking for someone with the moral authority to promote democracy in Tanzania. Their search led them to Jonathan. The Guardian and Daily News of Tanzania urged Tanzanian leaders to emulate Jonathan. The world appreciates what Jonathan did in Nigeria”
“Jonathan built schools for Almajiris that had never had schools. He increased federal workers minimum wage and ensured they were always paid.
“Jonathan ensured Nigerians could vote and be voted for in genuine free and fair elections. Even Jega testified Jonathan did not influence him,” he said in a series of posts he made on his handle on micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Jonathan has come under criticism from the presidency and the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, for allegedly wrecking the country’s economy during his five-year reign from 6th May 2010 till 29th May 2015.