2015: Jonathan accepts Shagari son’s apology, says ‘I’ve no enemies to fight

2015: Jonathan accepts Shagari son’s apology, says ‘I’ve
no enemies to fight’
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he has accepted
the apology of the son of former President Shehu Shagari,
Aminu, who worked against him during the run-up to the
2015 Presidential election.
Jonathan said this in a Facebook post while acknowledging
Aminu’s public apology.
The former President said he never took offence and was
not the type to harbour grudges.
He wrote, “Dear Honourable Aminu Shagari, Thank you for
your apology. However, I never took offence. My firm belief
is that I am a pencil in the Hand of God.
“Therefore, I have no enemies to fight, because of my
confidence that people can only do to me what God
permits. I urge you to continue to emulate the humility of
your father, the late President Shehu Shagari, a most
detribalised Nigerian. May God bless you. GEJ.”
Aminu, who is a three-term House of Representatives
member, had apologised to Jonathan for supporting the
then All Progressives Congress candidate, Major General
Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who won the 2015 Presidential
This was despite the fact that Buhari had in 1983 toppled
the democratically elected government of Shagari.
Aminu, however, apologised to Jonathan following what he
described as Buhari’s inability to effectively tackle some of
Nigeria’s challenges.
He said, “Let me use this opportunity to tender a public
apology to former President Jonathan and seek forgiveness
because I helped to divide the Peoples Democratic Party
and bring down his government, but, I have found out that
what we thought about his stewardship was not entirely
“I expect President Buhari to also ask for forgiveness having
found out that most of the things he accused my dad’s and
President Jonathan’s administrations of are not true.”
Speaking on the current state of Nigeria, Aminu said “I am
very disappointed.” He noted that Nigeria’s only hope is in
good governance.
“I believe if we get it right in this aspect of our national life,
our story would turn from bad to good within a short time.
With emphasis, all we require is a credible and sincere
leadership that will maximise our God-given talents and
resources. A lot of us committed so much to bring this
administration on board. As an individual, I assumed that, if
nothing else, we would get the issue of security right, and
every other thing would follow.”

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