Apparently trying to stem the tide of criticisms that have trailed his administration in the build up to the 2015 presidential poll, President Goodluck Jonathan said on Tuesday that he was not expecting praises, while he is still in office as president.
He noted that he was not moved by what critics say about his administration because he was aware that, like every other clime, Nigerians will start to praise him for what his administration achieved across all sectors by the time he must have left office for another leader.
Jonathan spoke when he received a delegation of traditional rulers and leaders from Bayelsa State led by the state governor, Seriake Dickson in his residence at the presidential villa, Abuja yesterday evening.
“The social media that is supposed to be used for positive things is being used for something else. I don’t expect praises now until I leave office. But I will do my best for our economy to continue to thrive despite the challenges in dwindling oil price and the security challenges”, he said.
According to the president, while people do not often give credit to great men when they are still in office, there was no doubt that when a new administration comes on board and people begin to make comparison, his efforts would be appreciated.
Noting that he cannot be distracted by criticisms in trying to give his best to the nation, Jonathan said leaders all over the world are often lampooned through the social media, which, according to him, is a new invention being used for the wrong reasons.
He said, “These days, leaders all over the world get lambasted a lot and the effect of the social media has made it worse. There are some inventions that are not used for the right reasons.
“People don’t often give credit when the man is still there. They often do it when he has left and another man is in charge. When they make comparison, they will begin to see the great things the former man did.
“We will continue to thank Nigerians for the opportunity given to us to serve and we will continue to do our best”.
Governor Dickson had earlier noted that their visit to Aso Rock was to felicitate with and show solidarity to President Jonathan and his family in the spirit of the festive season.
Noting that Bayelsa people will continue to support the president, the governor told State House correspondents after the visit that the president’s home state was peaceful and was in safe hands.