On this day in 1957, a Nigerian Politician who is a former President of Nigeria and Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed forces, having served from 2010 to 2015,Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR GCON, was born in Ogbia, Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria.

He also served as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 and asGovernor of Bayelsa Statefrom 2005 to 2007.

He contested and lost the2015 presidential election, upon which he conceded defeat and became the first sitting Nigerian president to do so.

Jonathan’s term as President of Nigeria ended on 29 May 2015, withMuhammadu Buharibecoming the new president.

Jonathan and his wifePatience have two children.

He is a Christian, and he comes from the Ijawethnic group.

On 9 December 2005, Jonathan, who was Deputy Governor at the time, was sworn in as Governor of Bayelsa State upon the impeachment of the then incumbent GovernorDiepreye Alamieyeseighaby the Bayelsa State House of Assembly after being charged with money laundering in the United Kingdom.

As Vice-President, Jonathan took a very low profile.

While recognising the constitutional limits of the Vice-President’s office, he participated in cabinet meetings and, by statute, was a member of the National Security Council, the National Defence Council, the Federal Executive Council, and was the Chairman of National Economic Council.

Vice-President Jonathan was instrumental in negotiating an agreement with many of the major militant groups in the Niger Delta, who were mostly his fellow Ijaws, to lay down their weapons and stop fighting as part of a government amnesty.

On 9 February 2010, a motion from the Nigerian Senate invested Goodluck Jonathan as acting President of the Federation because President Yar’Adua went to Saudi Arabia in November 2009 for medical treatment.

On 10 February 2010, during his first day as acting president, Jonathan announced a minor cabinet reshuffle. Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, who was the Labour Minister, was named Minister of Justice, to replace Mr Mike Aondoakaa. Aondoakaa was named as the Minister of Special Duties, and his counterpart Ibrahim Kazaure was named Minister of Labour.

Acting President Jonathan also promised to continue implementing the Seven-point agenda policy framework of President Umaru Musa Yar’adua.

In accordance with the order of succession in the Nigerian constitution following PresidentUmaru Yar’Adua‘s death on 5 May 2010, Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as the Acting President of theFederal Republic of Nigeria on 6 May 2010, becoming Nigeria’s 14th Head of State.

On 18 May 2010, the National Assembly approved Jonathan’s nomination of formerKaduna State governor,Namadi Sambo, for the position of Vice-President.

On 15 September 2010, Jonathan announced onFacebook that he had decided to run for public office on his own for the first time, in the race for the presidency of Nigeria in 2011.

In the contest for the Peoples Democratic Party nomination, Goodluck Jonathan was up against the former vice-presidentAtiku Abubakar and Mrs. Sarah Jubril. On 13 January 2011 the primary election results were announced in Eagle Square, Abuja. Jonathan was declared winner with a victory in two-thirds of the states of the Federation counted.

For the general election in 2011, Jonathan and Vice-President Sambo attended political events and travelled the country to campaign for the nation’s highest office.

Jonathan won the general election against GeneralMuhammadu Buhari and his running mate PastorTunde Bakare with 59% of the votes.

On 18 April, Jonathan was declared the winner of the election.

Goodluck Jonathan turns 60 today

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