Former President Goodluck Jonathan says his decision to step down after losing the 2015 presidential election has earned him accolades on the continent, but not in Nigeria.
THISDAY had reported that the immediate past president said he had made sacrifices for Nigeria and was prepared to lay down his life for the country if the need arises.
He also debunked the report that he had opted to go on exile in Cote d’Ivoire, saying he was taking out time to relax.
“I am not in exile. I am here resting. I am in Cote d’Ivoire, I have been here for a week resting and this is my second trip to the country since I stepped down as president,” he was quoted as saying.
“I have no reason to leave Nigeria. I have made sacrifices for Nigeria. I am praised all over Africa for averting bloodshed and for the peaceful transition from one government to another, but it seems Nigeria does not appreciate my efforts.
“I have done my best for this country and if I have to die for it, I will do so. However, I am taking it easy here (Cote d’Ivoire) and when I am ready, I will come back.”
By Sunday, it will be exactly one year that Jonathan handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former president has received so many awards on the account of the voluntary hand over of power, a rare feat on the continent.