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Goodluck Jonathan Attends Nigerian Lawyers Association Gala In The U.S

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Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has called on Nigerians to resist the ‘pull of ego that may make the people want to purse a regional or narrow agenda’.

Dr. Jonathan made the comments while delivering a lecture titled ‘Diversity as Our Bridge to Tomorrow’ at the annual gala dinner of Nigerian Lawyers Association in the USA.

Then former President while delivering his lecture said he never placed ethnic sentiments above his choice of appointments during his tenure and urged Nigerians to eschew ethnic and religious bigotry.
“Nigeria is for all Nigerians. We must resist the pull of ego that may make us want to purse a regional or narrow agenda.

“Most of my principal aides in government hailed from different ethnic nationalities

“We never placed ethno-religious interests above merits or individual values when making decisions”.

Jonathan also informed the audience that during his tenure, he ensured freedom of speech was respected and did not jail anyone for speaking or writing anything about him.

“No matter what my critic said about me, I ensured thet there was both freedom of speech and freedom after the speech.

“Under my watch not a single Nigerian was sent to prison because of anything they wrote or said about me or the Administration that I headed.”

See some of the former president’s comments below;

Most of my principal aides in government hailed from different ethnic nationalities

— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 30, 2016

We never placed ethno-religious interests above merits or individual values when making decisions

— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 30, 2016

No matter what my critic said about me, I ensured thet there was both freedom of speech and freedom after the speech

— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 30, 2016

Under my watch not a single Nigerian was sent to prison because of anything they wrote or said about me or the Administration that I headed

— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 30, 2016

Nigeria had neither political prisoners nor political exile under my Administration

— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 30, 2016

We enacted the Freedom of Information Act and by that we tore the veil of secrecy covering governance

— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 30, 2016

We gave institutions unlimited freedom and ensured that the NBA, other professional institutions were devoid of any governmental influence

— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 30, 2016

We ensured that appointments to INEC were not based on personal relationships

— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) October 30, 2016

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