Jonathan at 60: An exceptional statesman quietly enters the Diamond Pantheon


By Ikechukwu Eze

Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, marked his 60th birthday last week. Many other politicians, especially those of his soar-away status, would otherwise have sought to bring down the sky, to let the whole world know they have entered the diamond pantheon.

But in his characteristic modesty and exceptional self-effacing disposition, Jonathan resisted all entreaties to mark this important milestone, in a formal ceremony. Quiet commemoration had always been his style until a successful foray into politics and national leadership peeled off his cover, like the proverbial gold fish.


On November 20, the very day of his Diamond Jubilee, Jonathan was in his country home in the sleepy idyllic ambience of Otuoke, his village, in the wetlands of Bayelsa State, surrounded only by family members. There were also few close friends and well-wishers who personally…

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