Jonathan reacts as Shagari’s son apologises for 2015 role

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he has accepted the apology of Aminu Shagari, son of former President Shehu Shagari for not backing his re-election bid in 2015.

The younger Shagari, a three-term House of Representatives member, apologised for helping to bring down Jonathan’s government to ensure Muhammadu Buhari emerged despite that as a military officer he led a coup that dethroned his father in 1983.

He said his father instructed his family to forgive Buhari and so he supported his election against Jonathan in 2015.

However, he said he has become disappointed by the president’s performance in office.

“Let me use this opportunity to tender a public apology to former President Jonathan and seek forgiveness because I helped to divide the Peoples Democratic Party and bring down his government, but, I have found out that what we thought about his stewardship was not entirely true.

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“I expect President Buhari to also ask for forgiveness having found out that most of the things he accused my dad’s and President Jonathan’s administrations of are not true,” Shagari said.

In a message he personally signed, Jonathan said, “Dear Honourable Aminu Shagari,

“Thank you for your apology.

“However, I never took offence. My firm belief is that I am a pencil in the Hand of God.

“Therefore, I have no enemies to fight, because of my confidence that people can only do to me what God permits.

“I urge you to continue to emulate the humility of your father, the late President Shehu Shagari, a most detribalised Nigerian.

“May God bless you.”


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