Wednesday, December 31, 2014 8:23 am
The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has told leaders from his home state of Bayelsa that he will perform creditably well as president of Nigeria such that Nigerians would crave for another citizen of the state to become their leader, after his tenure expires.
“I will so perform that Nigerians will ask that another Bayelsa son should be the President of Nigeria”, he said.
He spoke while receiving royal fathers from the state who paid him a Christmas and solidarity visit in the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The delegation was led by the Governor Seriake Dickson.
Dickson said that Bayelsans were proud of President Jonathan and have come to show that even at Christmas they were with him.
Wishing him victory in the 2015 presidential election, the Bayelsa royal fathers did not mince words in expressing their support for the President.
Gladdened by their choice of words, President Jonathan also recognised that the 2015 election was not just about Bayelsa people alone but for all Nigerians to decide.
He, however, reassured them of giving his best as President, promising not to disappoint them for the trust they have put in him.
He said Nigerians would begin to praise him when he leaves office and that he was not surprised by the series of criticisms against his administration.
He said he would continue to thank Nigerians for the opportunity given him to serve, adding: “We will continue to do our best.”
According to him, leaders all over the world get criticised on the social media which he said was being used for wrong reasons.
Jonathan said he had realised that people rarely gave credit to good leaders when they are in office, stressing that he was sure that when a new administration takes over, his achievements would be appreciated.
He said: “I always say that I will not even expect praises now because hardly do people praise serving leaders. It is when you leave people will begin to know.”
The president, however, noted that rather than getting distracted by the criticisms, he would continue to give his best to the country.
He said 2015 would be a challenging year for the country because of the general elections.
* Rewritten from reports by Daily Trust and Channels TV