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Life after power: Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan gets a second chance

By Eromo Egbejule
Posted on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 13:03, updated on Thursday, 6 May 2021 15:06

Former president Goodluck Jonathan on an electoral observation mission in Liberia in 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

Retired Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan may seem a surprising choice for UN Special Envoy on Crisis Management given his lassitude over the Chibok girls crisis.

When UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Goodluck Jonathan as his Special Envoy on Crisis Management in early October it was the first time Jonathan was in the limelight since his presidency ended on 29 May 2015.

These days, he is trying to enjoy a quiet retirement with an occasional foray into diplomacy and local politics.

But we shouldn’t forget his remarkable political career.

As the first sitting president in Nigeria to accept defeat in an election, Jonathan won a lot of kudos for his democratic credentials, telling his compatriots that fighting over the vote was not worth a single drop of blood.