I’m Not Supposed To Be In Politics — Goodluck Jonathan

by Isaac Mintah
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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is not an extrovert that is highly predisposed to serious social and partisan political activ­ities.

He said this at the gala night to round off the three-day programme of the sec­ond ‘Unique University of Port Harcourt Class ‘81 Re­union’ (UU81) which ended on Saturday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Jonathan, a member of the Class ‘81 and host of the reunion, said he is trying to figure out if he was an acci­dental politician.

During the event, he and a former Group Executive Di­rector, Finance and Accounts, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Stan­ley Lawson, who hosted the first edition in Abuja in 2017, were given awards of honour by the Class ‘81 graduates of the university.

The former president ex­plained that politics involved a lot of talking and other activities which a reserved person may not be easily dis­posed to doing as against an extrovert.

Jonathan while express­ing gratitude for the award, said, “You know that I don’t know whether I am an acci­dental politician because I am supposed not to be a pol­itician.

If you plant a curve from introvert to extrovert and start zero as the most intro­vert person and 100 as the most extrovert person, and you plot that continuum, I will be between 35 and 45 on the introvert side. So, I am an introvert.

An introvert supposed not to be involved in politics because politics involves much talking and you always want to show your presence. But somehow, God has a way of solving problems.

He expressed appreciation to the pioneer graduates of the institution for their sup­port and encouragement, especially while in office, adding that he and his wife, Patience, were pleased with the unique get-together.

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