Temple Chima UbochiTuesday, October 27, 2015
Bonn, Germany




Create the legacy of a better world. Leave this world a better place than you found it (Jonathan Lockwood Huie)

Throughout our life, our worst weaknesses and meanness are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise (Charles Dickens)

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours (Ayn Rand)

ince Buhari was inaugurated, he has been blaming his predecessor for his own incompetence and cluelessness. Everything that has been going wrong was the fault of Goodluck Jonathan. A clear case of someone who doesn't know what to do, looking for a scapegoat! But, Jonathan isn't to be Buhari's scapegoat. It's time Buhari and his cohorts stop blaming Goodluck Jonathan for their problems, as he, Goodluck Jonathan, has moved on, and is being celebrated as hero now, especially in Tanzania, where he headed the Commonwealth Election Monitoring Group.

The Tanzanians declared "we are safe with Jonathan". As Goodluck Jonathan led a 33-man Commonwealth international observers to monitor the Tanzanian general election held on Sunday, October 25; the citizens Of Tanzania were optimistic that his presence, alongside other observers, would bring credibility to the elections believed to be the toughest and closest (elections) in the country's history. The Daily News of Tanzania paid tribute to Jonathan in an editorial titled, "Salutary lessons for Tanzania from Nigeria's latest elections," commending him for taking his defeat in the last presidential election "in all magnanimity."The paper went on to add that "Jonathan may very well have averted bloodshed that is characteristic of incumbent leaders who cling to power tooth and nail, fang and claw!"

While Jonathan led the Commonwealth observers, the former Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza, led the African Union, AU, observer team. The Daily News of Tanzania wrote that Tanzanians were delighted that the former Nigerian leader, who they described as "a hero of free and fair election in Africa," was on ground to monitor the elections. They are reminiscent of Nigeria's March 28 polls, the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi, CCM, Party, which has been in power since Tanzania's return to plural democracy in 1992, is up against a united opposition that has increasingly been making significant electoral gains. The Paper, in its editorial, few days ago, maintained: "It is generally admitted that the election in Nigeria was unprecedentedly free, fair and transparent, whereby the opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, won the Presidency. What is more remarkable is that the incumbent president, who sought re-election, Goodluck Jonathan, most graciously accepted the results promptly! Oh, I don't know beyond the fact that Tanzania could tragically do worse if it fails to dedicatedly take a leaf out of Nigeria's newest book on elections!" The Guardian of Tanzania, while pouring encomiums on the former Nigerian president, describing him as a democrat who has pointed the way forward for the rest of Africa, also wrote in its own editorial, that the "High profile figures among observers will add credibility to poll process and results," The Paper further wrote that "Jonathan's voluntary handover of power to the opposition wrote a new chapter for Nigeria's democracy, given the fact that it is rare for sitting presidents in Africa to hand over powers to winning opposition parties."

African Sun Times also wrote that "Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has become a role model for many nations on how elections should be conducted. Tanzanians, where Jonathan is the Chairman of the Commonwealth Electoral Monitoring body, are agog with praise for the former President, who without hesitation conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, who had never conceded defeat to anybody in his earlier three times at running for President". A Tanzania Tabloid (The Citizen) of Wednesday October 21, quoted Goodluck Jonathan as having urged any loser to concede like he did, saying that he was optimistic that Sunday's presidential election in Tanzania would be free and fair, as democracy in Tanzania has come a long way. The Summary also wrote, prior to the election, that Jonathan also said it was equally important for all stakeholders, including the National Electoral Commission (NEC), political parties, police and voters to play their part for the poll to be free and fair. Jonathan then warned that any attempt to reject the will of the people will only lead to chaos, reminding everybody that he immediately conceded defeat after losing his re-election bid early this year because he did not want personal ambition to derail democracy in Nigeria.

Do you know that former President Goodluck Jonathan is a U.N Global Crises Envoy? World powers-United States, France, UK, China, Russia and the United Nations have reportedly decided to appoint former President Goodluck Jonathan as U.N. Global Crisis Envoy. President Jonathan was endorsed by the U.N. Secretary General, Bank Ki Moon, as well as the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. Vice President Joe Biden reportedly made a call to Jonathan on April 21, to intimate him of the decision to make him an envoy after leaving office on May 29. The role Jonathan is to take is similar to that of Tony Blair, who after leaving office as United Kingdom Prime Minister, was appointed the Middle East envoy for the United Nations, European Union, United States, and Russia. The appointment is due to his role in the recently-concluded general elections in Nigeria, which gave him the image of a global icon for peace and democracy. Goodluck Jonathan is the first African past Head of State to be assigned such role. The news posted on Monday, April 27, 2015, by maxnaija.com, described Goodluck Jonathan thus: From lecturer to Commissioner, from Commissioner to Deputy Governor, from Deputy Governor to Governor, from Governor to Vice President, from Vice President to Acting President and from Acting President to President. Now, from President to a World Leader!

Unfortunately, Goodluck Jonathan is despised at home, but, is celebrated abroad, just as The Book of Mark 6:4 says that "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family".

To be continued!