I’m ready to play the statesman’s role like Gowon —Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan ruminating over life after office, said on Saturday said he will be ready to join the likes of former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and former Head of Interim National Government (ING), Ernest Shonekan, in their patriotic and statesmanship service to the nation after leaving office.

Jonathan spoke during the 5th Presidential Prayer Breakfast in the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja today.

He did not specifically mention former leader Olusegun Obasanjo, who is most toasted outside Nigeria, as one of the leaders he wanted to emulate.

He said: “I have to thank Nigerians for the support for me within this period, I will continue to do my best as I’m gradually joining Gowon and Shonekan to serve our country in different capacity.”

“And I must commend Gowon, Shonekan ‎and some of our other leaders, for the eight years I have been as vice president and president, whenever we called upon them, wherever they are in this world, they will try to come. I have seen that they are extremely patriotic and they believe in this country.”

“Everything about human life as an individual, a child, if you don’t make the required sacrifice you can’t go to where you want to go.

“If you don’t sacrifice your pleasure of course you will know where you’ll end. As parents we know the kind of sacrifice we make for our children to go to school, to feed.

“To build a family you need sacrifice. So for those who have the privileges of leading at local, state and national levels, at all times we should be ready to make sacrifice for our nation to grow.”

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