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Goodluck Jonathan is the current President of Nigeria; he is in the office since 2010

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BirthdayNovember 20, 1957
NationalityNigerien
FamousPresident of Nigeria, Leaders, Political Leaders, Presidents
SpousesPatience Jonathan
Known asGoodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan
Childrens Ariwera Jonathan, Aruabi Jonathan
Universities
  • 1981 - University of Port Harcourt
  • 1984 - University of Port Harcourt
  • 1995 - University of Port Harcourt
Birth PlaceOgbia
ReligionChristianity
GenderMale
FatherLawrence Ebele Jonathan
MotherEunice
Net Worth$10 million
Sun SignScorpio
Born inOgbia
Famous asPresident of Nigeria

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Who is Goodluck Jonathan?

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is a Nigerian politician who became the President of Nigeria in 2010 and has been serving in this position since then. Prior to assuming the office of the president he had served as the Vice-President of Nigeria and Governor of Bayelsa State. Jonathan has played a very important role in Nigerian politics ever since he became involved with the emerging People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the late 1990s. His rise to the top in Nigerian politics is very remarkable given that he was born into a humble family of canoe makers with no background in politics. He holds a doctorate in zoology and has served as an assistant director at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission. It was only in the late 1990s that he joined politics and within years established himself as one of the most prominent politicians in his country. He was made Vice-President of Nigeria after having served as the Governor of Bayelsa State. In this position he maintained a low-profile even as he played a significant role in negotiating with militants in the Niger delta. He served as the Acting President when the incumbent President Yar'Adua took a leave of absence because of illness and succeeded him as the President of Nigeria upon his death.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on 20 November 1957 in Ogbia, Nigeria. His father, Lawrence Ebele Jonathan was a poor canoe maker. His mother Eunice had given birth to several children, but only a few survived their childhood. Therefore his father named him “Goodluck” hoping that this child would change the fortunes of the family.

He received his early education from local Christian primary and secondary schools. Then he studied zoology at the University of Port Harcourt, earning a B.S. in 1981.

A good student, he pursued higher education and completed his M.S. in hydrobiology and fisheries biology in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in zoology in 1995.

While studying at the university he also taught at Rivers State College of Education from 1983 until 1993.

Career

In 1993, he was appointed as an assistant director at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, a post he held till 1998. By now he had also worked as an education inspector and environmental-protection officer.

He entered politics in the late 1990s when he became involved with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), an emerging political party. Under the party’s banner he was elected deputy governor of Bayelsa state in 1999.

As the deputy governor he worked alongside Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who was selected as the governor of the state. In 2005, the incumbent governor Alamieyeseigha was accused of money laundering in the United Kingdom and thus Jonathan was sworn in as the governor.

In 2007, he was selected to be the vice presidential running mate of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. They were both elected and took their respective offices in May.

As Vice-President he was by statute, a member of the National Security Council, the National Defence Council, the Federal Executive Council, and the Chairman of National Economic Council.

As Vice-President, he played an important role in negotiating with militants in the Niger delta, who were fighting against petroleum companies operating in the delta region. In spite of holding such a high office he remained in the political background and maintained a low-profile.

His duties significantly rose in 2010 when the incumbent President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua started suffering from serious health problems. Yar’Adua was often away from the country for his medical treatment and the governance of the country suffered because of this.

Members of Nigeria’s National Assembly voted to have Jonathan assume full powers of the president and serve as the acting president until the incumbent president was able to resume his duties. Thus Jonathan became the Acting President in February 2010.

As the Acting President he asserted his power by reshuffling Yar’Adua’s cabinet. The Labour Minister Prince Adetokunbo Kayode was named Minister of Justice while the incumbent Minister of Justice Mike Aondoakaa was named as the Minister of Special Duties. Jonathan also promised to continue implementing the Seven-point agenda policy framework of President Umaru Musa Yar’adua.

President Yar’adua died on 5 May, 2010 and Jonathan was sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the following day, thus becoming Nigeria's 14th Head of State.

Jonathan became the president under sad circumstances. Nevertheless, he immediately began his work as the president to bring about more efficient governance. He announced that his administration would focus on the issues of anti-corruption and electoral reforms.

He launched his 'Roadmap for Power Sector Reform in August 2010 in order to achieve stable electricity supply in Nigeria. In October 2011 he launched the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN) Initiative for harnessing the creative energies of young people between the ages of 18 and 35.

Personal Life & Legacy

He is married to Patience Faka and has two children with her. His wife is known nationally and internationally for her philanthropic work and political pragmatism.

In 2006 Wikileaks released reports that Patience was indicted for money-laundering by Nigeria’s anti-crime agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). However, the reports were found to be false later on.

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Goodluck Jonathan biography timelines

  • // 20th Nov 1957
    He was born on 20 November 1957 in Ogbia, Nigeria. His father, Lawrence Ebele Jonathan was a poor canoe maker. His mother Eunice had given birth to several children, but only a few survived their childhood. Therefore his father named him “Goodluck” hoping that this child would change the fortunes of the family.
  • // 1981
    He received his early education from local Christian primary and secondary schools. Then he studied zoology at the University of Port Harcourt, earning a B.S. in 1981.
  • // 1983 To 1993
    While studying at the university he also taught at Rivers State College of Education from 1983 until 1993.
  • // 1985
    A good student, he pursued higher education and completed his M.S. in hydrobiology and fisheries biology in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in zoology in 1995.
  • // 1993 To 1998
    In 1993, he was appointed as an assistant director at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, a post he held till 1998. By now he had also worked as an education inspector and environmental-protection officer.
  • // 1999
    He entered politics in the late 1990s when he became involved with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), an emerging political party. Under the party’s banner he was elected deputy governor of Bayelsa state in 1999.
  • // 2005
    As the deputy governor he worked alongside Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who was selected as the governor of the state. In 2005, the incumbent governor Alamieyeseigha was accused of money laundering in the United Kingdom and thus Jonathan was sworn in as the governor.
  • // 2006
    In 2006 Wikileaks released reports that Patience was indicted for money-laundering by Nigeria’s anti-crime agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). However, the reports were found to be false later on.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, he was selected to be the vice presidential running mate of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. They were both elected and took their respective offices in May.
  • // 2010
    His duties significantly rose in 2010 when the incumbent President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua started suffering from serious health problems. Yar’Adua was often away from the country for his medical treatment and the governance of the country suffered because of this.
  • // Feb 2010
    Members of Nigeria’s National Assembly voted to have Jonathan assume full powers of the president and serve as the acting president until the incumbent president was able to resume his duties. Thus Jonathan became the Acting President in February 2010.
  • // 5th May 2010
    President Yar’adua died on 5 May, 2010 and Jonathan was sworn in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the following day, thus becoming Nigeria's 14th Head of State.

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    Goodluck Jonathan was born in Ogbia

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    Goodluck Jonathan's spouses is Patience Jonathan

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    Goodluck Jonathan's childrens is Ariwera Jonathan, Aruabi Jonathan

  • What was Goodluck Jonathan universities?

    Goodluck Jonathan studied at 1981 - University of Port Harcourt, 1984 - University of Port Harcourt, 1995 - University of Port Harcourt

  • What is Goodluck Jonathan's religion?

    Goodluck Jonathan's religion is Christianity

  • Who is Goodluck Jonathan's father?

    Goodluck Jonathan's father is Lawrence Ebele Jonathan

  • Who is Goodluck Jonathan's mother?

    Goodluck Jonathan's mother is Eunice

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    Goodluck Jonathan is Scorpio

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