A former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that the tradition of favoritism in leadership positions among families, friends and acquaintances, rather than the ability and ability to deliver, is responsible for Nigeria’s backwardness.
Jonathan said Tuesday at the Palace of the Emir of Bauchi during a one-day working visit.
He said the tradition in Nigeria is that before one can be appointed to a position or given a responsibility, one must meet someone at the highest echelon of the country, lamenting that development has set the nation back.
The former president, who was reacting to introductory remarks made by Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, said: “Yes, I did not know him when I met him and appointed him Minister of the FCT.
Goodluck Jonathan storms Bauchi State
“In Nigeria, we have this tradition where some people feel that some ministries are big and juicy and should be given to a special person or that you have to get to know someone before giving them a responsibility, a role or putting them somewhere. It’s not like that with me, it’s not my way of doing things. “
Earlier in his remarks, Governor Mohammed expressed his happiness for the former president’s visit, who he said was central to his fame in Nigeria.
Furthermore, Bauchi’s emir, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, described the former president as a detribalized Nigerian who displayed patriotism, nationalism and political ability during his reign as the country’s president.
The monarch who also bestowed the traditional title of ‘Jigon Bauchi’ on Jonathan said that the Traditional State Council thanked him for making Bauchi his home and gave Bala Mohammed the opportunity to serve as FCT minister.
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