The former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has responded to a public apology tendered to him by Hon. Aminu Shehu Shagari.
Aminu had worked assiduously in support of winner of the 2015 elections and incumbent, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
Former president Jonathan in his response 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, who is a three-term member of the House of Representatives had apologised to Jonathan for supporting the then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, who won the 2015 presidential election.
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 (PDP 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.”