Senator representing the Borno Southern Senate District, Ali Ndume, withdrew some of the words he said during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Remember you were a critic of Jonathan’s government.
The legislator spoke on Saturday at the Apo Legislative Precinct, Abuja, during the grand opening of the Dr. PhysiQ Specialist Center for Wellbeing and Medical Lifestyle Change, and the launch of a book titled: ‘Everything Cures’ written by Dr. Susana Adams, general director of the center.
Ndume also stated that his recent detention in Kuje prison and subsequent release from custody was God’s will, saying that “as God wants, I must be here, because I just got out of detention last night (Friday) Maybe God wants me to attend this occasion, otherwise I would have been in Kuje prison until now. “
Jonathan, who was the president of the occasion, later inspected the new Wellness Center, and was accompanied by the former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku; veteran journalist Eugenia Abu, among other dignitaries.
Speaking ahead of the inspection, the Borno senator said other people who were skeptical about the former president’s behavior also realized how great he is, adding that many Nigerians don’t value what they have until they lose it.
The Borno senator’s comment comes a few days after the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the Provisional / Extra Ordinary National Convention of the Congress of All Progressives, Mai Mala Buni, and some APC governors visited the former president.
The Daily Trust had reported how the visit generated many ripples between the ruling APC and the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party.
“I must confess, as people call me stubborn, I am also stubborn… I feel like I need to give this testimony here, and also thank the (former) president, as they say that you will never know what you have until you lose it. I’ll stop there.
“For this country, I think Nigerians know that they don’t value what they have until they lose it. We thank God for his life and he has changed the political culture and landscape of this country.
“You don’t know how great you are in the eyes of the skeptics, those who don’t know you, those who haven’t approached you. But now, honestly, I am one of those who used to criticize you very well, but I will say that it was a constructive move, “said the legislator.
Speaking further, Ndume recalled how the people who worked with the former president accused him of sponsoring Boko Haram and how he was vindicated by the court after 6 years of litigation.
The senator said: “I had breakfast with him (Jonathan) on November 21 (2011) and they accused me of sponsoring Boko Haram. He was saying, ‘Kai’ the man no … I don’t think security sees it that way and from there, I went to SSS and was detained for 30 days. I went to court for 6 years.
“And when I was vindicated, I had the opportunity to run to meet him, and he said: Ndume, you have been patient and God has vindicated you. Take this as part of the blessings of the Almighty. He was genuinely speaking to me and I believed in that.
“I wanted to be president, but being Nigeria what it is, it was something completely different. Like I said, I had left a milestone in this country. “