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Published On: Tue, Dec 30th, 2014

I’ll be appreciated after office, says Jonathan

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Jonathan-presidentBy Lawrence Olaoye

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday stated that Nigerians would appreciate him better after he must have left office at the end of his tenure.

Jonathan, who received the delegation of political and traditional leaders from his home, Bayelsa state led by the state governor, Hon. Henry Seriake-Dickson, who paid him Christmas homage yesterday at the Villa, in his remarks said the people hardly appreciate the contributions of their leaders until after they had left the office.

According to him, his good works would continue to speak for him after his successors may have taken over from him.

Jonathan who gave the assurance that he would continue to do his best for the country also promised his kinsmen that he would never disappoint them at all times.

He noted that people do not often give credit to great men when they are still in charge, saying he was very sure that when a new administration takes over and people make comparison, they will appreciate his efforts and give him his due credit.

But President assured that he won’t be distracted by criticisms as he would continue to give his best to the nation.

He, however, acknowledged the fact that leaders all over the world get more lambasted these days due to the effect and power of social media since people often use new inventions for the wrong reasons.

“These days, leaders all over the world get lambasted a lot and the effect of the social media has made it worse. There are some inventions that are not used for the right reasons.

“The social media, which is supposed to be used for positive things, is being used for something else. I don’t expect praises now until I leave office. But I will do my best for our economy to continue to thrive despite the challenges in dwindling oil price and the security challenges.

“People don’t often give credit when the man is still there. They often do it when he has left and another man is in charge. When they make comparison, they will begin see the great things the former man did.

“We will continue to thank Nigerians for the opportunity given to us to serve and we will continue to do our best,” the President said.

He thanked the delegation for their consistent support for his administration.

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