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I Am A Pencil In God’s Hands, I Have No Enemies To Fight, Jonathan Replies Shagari’s Apology

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, said he is a firm believer that he is a pencil in the hand of God.

Jonathan said he had no enemies to fight because of his confidence that people can only attack him if God permitted such.

The former president was reacting to the apology tendered to him by Honourable Aminu Shagari, son to late President Shehu Shagari, for contributing to bring down his government in 2015.

He called on Aminu to emulate the humility of his father, whom he described as a “most detribalised Nigerian.”

Jonathan said: “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, a three-term House of Representatives member and lawyer, had noted that he helped to bring down Jonathan’s government in order for Muhammadu Buhari to emerge as President.

That was inspite the fact that Buhari, as a military officer was among coup plotters that ousted his father in 1983.

Shagari was democratically elected president in 1979, and removed in the coup ably led by Buhari in 1983. He died on December 28 same year, at the age of 93.

Buhari won the 2015 general election as president.

Aminu also knocked Buhari for not giving “words of comfort” during his visit to Sokoto to pay a condolence visit to Shagari’s family in the build up to the 2019 presidential election.

He said: “We didn’t hear such because he didn’t say anything. We gave him the condolence register. He only signed and put the date. Personally, I was very disappointed with that. I expected that at least, as Muslim, he would write, ‘May Allah forgive him and may Allah forgive us when our time comes.’ That makes me extremely disappointed in him.”

According to Aminu during a recent interview with the punch, Buhari had not contacted his family or deliver the promises to immortalize their father.

He added: “I was never contacted and the Presidency has not contacted our family, to the best of my knowledge. Nothing has changed; the only thing I remember is that, at a campaign rally in Bauchi, after his visit to our father’s residence in Sokoto, prayers were offered for my dad. This probably was an afterthought following the backlash that followed his (Buhari) mere signing of the condolence register, with no written or verbal condolence message.

“This is somebody we really supported, campaigned for and mobilised people for his election because we obediently adhered to our father’s dictate to forgive and let bygone be bygone. The same Muhammadu Buhari, in the condolence letter he gave the state governor (Aminu Waziri Tambuwal), promised to immortalise our dad. Close to two years after his death, he has yet to fulfil his promise. Whereas he recently named certain landmarks after some Nigerians who are still alive, including former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“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 true. 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.”

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