Inspiration: Profile Of A Gentleman, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan [Rise To Wisdom]

Published 4 years ago by: franel
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«§» 1 February 2015


It's the beginning of the second month of the year. There's a lot to be thankful for, and a lot more to look forward to.
Here's wishing you a fantastic and productive month ahead. Stay thirsty...stay grinding...make the hustle real! May God bless the works of your hands....Amen

Profile Of A Handsome Gentleman, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

As his name suggests, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has a habit of being in the right place at the right time.

ON NOVEMBER 20, 1957, when a peasant farmer named Jonathan and his wife gave birth to a baby boy at their humble homestead in Otuoke, they never imagined that the boy would become famous beyond the rural confines of Ogbia kingdom.

Even so, the paternal grandmother of this jolly good chap had a vision for her grandson. She called him Azikiwe, in the hope that the illustrious name would leave a political imprint of glory on his impressionable mind, and lead him to repeat the exploits of the Great Zik of Africa. The old woman did not hope in vain. Early in life, the lad marked himself apart from his peers. He was christened Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Today, many years after he took up chalk and slate, he holds a doctorate degree in Zoology and served under President Umar Musa Yar’Adua as the first Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to emerge from the south-south geo-political zone in the 49-year history of Nigeria before he became Nigeria's modern president.

Young Goodluck Jonathan began his primary education at St Stephen’s Primary School (now State School, Otuoke) and later moved to St Michael’s Primary School, Oloibiri, where he completed his elementary education in 1969, at the age of 12. His leadership traits began to come up for reckoning in the course of his secondary school days. In 1973, while in form three, he was appointed class prefect and Secretary of the Food Committee, an administrative body of hostel masters and senior students. He occupied that position up to form five. As the prime prefect of Masterson House, he soon assumed the exalted office of Chairman, Committee of Prefects. Like a gold fish, he could no longer hide. Two years later, in 1975, he obtained his West African School Certificate from the famous Mater Dei High School, Imiringi, passing out with a distinction.

Afterward, Goodluck Jonathan worked as a Preventive Officer with the Department of Customs and Excise, proud of his khaki uniform, his new rank, and the official pistol by his side, stuck in its holster. In 1977, he secured admission into the Department of Zoology, a pioneer student of the newly established University of Port Harcourt. After a studious tenure there, he bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981, graduating with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division).

As a corps member, Goodluck served Nigeria devotedly as a humble classroom teacher at Iresi, a community in Oyo State, now in Osun State. At the end of the NYSC programme in 1982, the young man took up appointment as a classroom teacher under the auspices of the Rivers State Civil Service Commission, and began to cultivate his independent-minded spirit. Following his exceptional performance at the interview, he was promptly upgraded to the rank of Science Inspector of Education in the Ministry of Education.

But then, Goodluck Jonathan always knew that he had a bond with the academia that he couldn’t deny. Accordingly, in November 1983, he left the mainstream civil service for the Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt, where he picked up his chalk again, standing before the blackboard and drawing diagrams, content with his status as a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences. He was elected as a Representative of Congress in the Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee of the College. He performed his duties to great acclaim until he voluntarily resigned his appointment.

Given his dogged quest for knowledge, however, he propelled himself to obtain a Masters degree in Hydro-Biology and Fisheries Biology in 1985. It is on record that from his primary school right through tertiary education, Goodluck Jonathan never failed any terminal or semester examination. Ultimately, in 1995, after a long dream of academic fulfillment, he bagged his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.

Many illegal oil refineries exist in Nigeria's Bayelsa state, from where the president hails

With the creation of the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC, in October 1992, Dr Jonathan was called to serve as Assistant Director, Ecology, in March 1993 in the Directorate of Environmental Protection and Pollution Control. He was in charge of the Environmental Protection Sub-Department of the Commission. He performed creditably in that capacity, until he voluntarily left the service of the Commission in 1998.

Simple and unassuming, humble to a fault, none of his friends, colleagues and associates ever expected Dr Goodluck Jonathan to jump into the rough waters of Nigerian politics. He ventured into politics in 1998, with a hopeful heart beating in his chest. At the dawn of the Fourth Republic, Dr Jonathan pitched tent with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and emerged as the running mate to the party’s gubernatorial flag-bearer, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha. The duo emerged triumphant at the polls in the 1999 governorship election, and so Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan stepped into office as the first Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State.

A cautious, disciplined and seasoned administrator, his dedication to service earned him the Best Performing Deputy Governor Award, as well as the Honourary Award for Democracy and Good Governance. Given his contributions to Environmental Management, he was decorated with the prestigious Honourary Fellowship of the Nigerian Environmental Society. A member of various professional associations around the world, he remains a Fellow of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria, FISON, Fellow of the Public Administrators of Nigeria, Fellow, International Association of Impact Assessment, IAIA, and Fellow, Institute of Corporate Affairs Management. He is also a member, Science Teachers Association of Nigeria, and Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International.

A man of apparent honesty, an astute and dependable politician, a thought-provoking teacher, technocrat and peace maker, an achiever of no mean distinction, he remains popular amongst his people. He abides in the consciousness of his friends, associates and record keepers as a builder of unity bridges.

Indeed Goodluck Ebele Jonathan qualifies as a lover of truth, a perfect gentleman deserving of honour, a caring husband to his loving wife, Patience Fakabelema Jonathan, and a great father and friend to his adorable children, Abayola, Ariweri & Aruabai Jonathan. Like a tree solidly rooted in the earth, he holds an unshakeable belief in the oneness and brotherhood, not only of the Ogbia clan and his home state, Bayelsa, but of the great nation, Nigeria.

Until November 2009, he was serving out his time as a low-key deputy from the south of the country to a low-key president from the north. But then, President Umaru Yar'Adua was taken to hospital in Saudi Arabia and was not seen again in public until he died on 5 May 2010.
Step forward, Mr Jonathan. After months of political wrangling, Nigeria's elite finally accepted him as acting leader in February 2010 when the ailing president returned home, but remained too ill to govern.
Barely 12 hours after Mr Yar'Adua's death, Mr Jonathan was sworn in as the new president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Africa's most populous nation - one of its most fractious democracies.
In 2011, he won his first election - for president - despite opposition claims of fraud, and is now seeking another four-year term in office

He suffered a major blow in December 2013 when Mr Obasanjo, his former backer, called on him to step down. In a widely circulated 18-page letter, Mr Obasanjo accused him of failing to deal with the many problems facing Nigeria - including corruption, piracy, kidnapping and oil theft.

Mr Jonathan is credited with ending the conflict with militants demanding a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth

On the relevance of the acting president's name, he said: "What is luck? Luck is when you can take advantage of an opportunity. He was in the right place at the right time." Now, Mr Jonathan will be hoping that luck is once again on his side on Valentine's Day, when he runs against APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari in what is likely to be its most tightly contested presidential election since military rule ended about 15 years ago.
Not bad for a man who had never been elected to major public office in his own right.
From his story above, the 3 C's of life are CHOICES, CHANCES, CHANGES.
You must make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE or Your life will never CHANGE!

Thank God this is a brand new month of February 2015. As you have embraces it through his grace; May your days be painted in gold, May your life be filled with diamonds, May the stars shine bright on your world, May you have a fun filled month, May God pour love and care on you. Happy New Month...!

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franel at 11:58 AM, 1/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Some facts about Dr Goodluck Jonathan:
  • Regular church-goer
  • Middle name, Ebele, means "God's wish"
  • Has a penchant for fedora hats

A supporter wears a mask of the Nigerian leader
  • Fond of saying he never had shoes as a child because of poverty
  • Told journalists in 2012 that he would not declare his assets because he did not "give a damn about it, even if you criticise me from heaven"
  • On 9 October 2014, he threatened to sue the after they claimed his net worth was about $100m (£62m). The page was removed!

beneno at 06:17 PM, 1/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
saviourekpe at 06:54 PM, 1/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Quote from: franel on 11:58 AM,  1/02/2015
Some facts about Dr Goodluck Jonathan:
  • Regular church-goer
  • Middle name, Ebele, means "God's wish"
  • Has a penchant for fedora hats

A supporter wears a mask of the Nigerian leader
  • Fond of saying he never had shoes as a child because of poverty
  • Told journalists in 2012 that he would not declare his assets because he did not "give a damn about it, even if you criticise me from heaven"
  • On 9 October 2014, he threatened to sue the after they claimed his net worth was about $100m (£62m). The page was removed!
Amebo, who ask you?
Sulexme at 07:44 PM, 1/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Datx nt de case, all we re talking abt is change !!!
mary11 at 08:29 PM, 1/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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oga jona is truly God sent, I love my able president

malalawan at 08:59 PM, 1/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Ok. But FeBuhari 14 is just around the coner
Abubu86 at 10:07 PM, 1/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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All what me and my household want now is change and it is inevitable#GMB
Ritabrenice at 10:25 PM, 1/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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elchymo at 02:23 AM, 2/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
discollins at 09:37 AM, 2/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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Go and get your PVC and ensure your candidate id voted for...
echeeche at 10:22 AM, 2/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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PoliticxGuru at 03:46 PM, 15/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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jona where is madam peace
elchymo at 03:38 AM, 23/08/2015 (4 years ago)
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We already know the outcome


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