FULL NAME: Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan
NET WORTH : He declared his assets worth a total of ₦ 295,304,420 Naira ($1,845,652 USD. While his estimated net wealth is at $10 million
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : Born on 20 November 1957 (currently 60 years old)
STATE OF ORIGIN : Bayelsa State
HOME TOWN : Ogbia
OCCUPATION : Politician (Former president of Nigeria)
MARITAL STATUS/WIFE: Married to Patience Jonathan
CHILDREN : Blessed with two children(Ariwera Jonathan, Aruabi Jonathan)
PARENTS : Lawrence Ebele Jonathan and MRS Eunice
EDUCATION: Christian primary and secondary schools, Studied zoology at the University of Port Harcourt, earning a B.S. in 1981, M.S. in hydrobiology and fisheries biology , He received his Ph.D. in zoology in 1995.
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is a Nigerian politician who needs little or no introduction but for the sake of those people that may know him but don’t know much about him , we are going to help them with the official biography and profile of the former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan.
During his time as the president and commander-in-chief of the federal armed forces of Nigeria, a lot of people criticized him for many reasons , but things changed when he left the seat as many who kicked against his policies while he was the president started to see the beauty during his tenure.
There are lot of things that has not been brought to this public about the ex-president of Nigeria. We are going to use this opportunity to share with you the rich biography and profile of Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, this piece is expected to reveal all the lesser known facts about the gentleman.
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is the former President of Nigeria, he served the country from 2010 to 2015 before he was succeeded by Muhammadu Buhari who is now the current president of Nigeria. Before he became the president of Nigeria, he once served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007. Jonathan is said to be the favoured Nigerian politician of all time. He has been under federal government care since he ventured into politics and he has been into politics for donkey years.
According to him when he lost the 2015 presidential election to retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari , he said he has nothing to lose as the government have took care of his expenses from his moment into politics which was prior to his time as the president of the country. He said this after he conceded defeat and became the first sitting Nigerian president to do so, he kept to his words because he earlier promised that the election will be free and fair and it is the people that will decide who will lead them as the president of the great nation. His term as the president of Nigeria came to an abrupt halt on the 29 May 2015, with Muhammadu Buhari becoming the new president-elect.
Early Life , Background And Education
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan was born on the 20th of November 1957 in what is now Bayelsa State to a family of canoe makers. He is the son of a man named Lawrence Ebele Jonathan was a poor canoe maker. According to the records of Goodluck Jonathan official biography, his mother had issue with child birth. Records show that she gave birth to several children but unfortunately only few of them survived their childhood. When he was given birth to there was a determination that he would live , his parents were so happy and they both agreed to name him “Goodluck” hoping that this child would change the destiny of the family.
He had his first taste of education at local Christian primary and secondary schools. Then studied at University of Port Harcourt, where he bagged a B.S. degree in zoology. He completed his M.S. in hydrobiology and fisheries biology in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in zoology in 1995. Whilst he was studying at University of Port Harcourt he also taught at Rivers State College of Education from 1983 until 1993. He also worked as education inspector and environmental-protection officer.
His political ambition kick started proper during his time as the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa. He assumed this office on 29 May 1999 after being swear in as the Deputy governor of the state under the platform of PDP along side Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who was the governor . Before politics, he was appointed as an assistant director at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, a post he held till 1998. He entered politics in the late 1990s when he became involved with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), an emerging political party. Under the party’s banner he was elected deputy governor of Bayelsa state in 1999.
On 9 December 2005, Jonathan, who was Deputy Governor at the time, was sworn in as Governor of Bayelsa State upon the impeachment of the current Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha by the Bayelsa State Assembly after being charged with money laundering in the United Kingdom. His wife was accused for money-laundering by Nigeria’s anti-crime agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
From Governor of Bayelsa State , he was catapulted to another higher level, this time he was appointed as the Vice-presidency of Nigeria. As Vice-President, Jonathan took a very low profile. He didn’t ignore the constitutional limits of the Vice-President’s office, but participated in cabinet meetings and, by statute, was a member of the National Security Council, the National Defence Council, the Federal Executive Council, and was the Chairman of National Economic Council. As Vice-President, he played an important role in negotiating with militants in the Niger delta, who were fighting against petroleum companies operating in the delta region.
He had a promotion in 2010 when the incumbent President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua started suffering from serious health problems. Very sick Yar’Adua was often flown out of the country for his medical treatment and the governance of the country suffered because of this. This situated necessitated the need select a new president that will take the country to a greater height.
Members of Nigeria’s National Assembly voted to have Jonathan assume full powers of the president and serve as the acting president until the incumbent president was incapacitated and unable to act as the president . Thus Jonathan became the Acting President in February 2010. Unfortunately , President Yar’adua died on 5 May, 2010 and Jonathan was sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the following day, thus becoming Nigeria’s 14th Head of State.
Jonathan sworn in as the president and commander-in-chief of the federal armed forces of Nigeria. He became the the president under sad circumstances. Just immediately after assuming office, he started his work as the president. He focused on more efficient governance. He announced that his administration would focus on the issues of anti-corruption and electoral reforms.
Personal Life: Wife And Children
Jonathan is married to his wife Patience Jonathan and they are blessed with two children together. Dame Patience Jonathan is known nationally and internationally for her philanthropic work and political pragmatism.
Jonathan loves his wife so much despite her numerous grammar blunders. The gentleman is originally from a Christian family in the Ijaw ethnic group
While he was sworn in as the president of Nigeria, there was need for him to declare has assets as demanded by the constitution. In 2007, President Jonathan declared his assets worth a total of “₦ 295,304,420 Naira ($1,845,652 USD)”. A magazine website richestlifestyle.com ranked the richest president in Africa in October 2014 , Jonathan occupied the sixth spot. The website claimed his net worth was about “$100m (£62m)”.
On seeing this claim, Jonathan was so disappointed about the ranking and he threatened to sue the website, claiming it “was an attempt to portray him as corrupt.” The page was removed, but was then published by another website which has no legal identity. That was where Jonathan gave up the chase.