Former President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in a recent tweets on his official Twitter handle has hit back at the column written by Dr Dele Sobowale on the Vanguard News Paper back in 2014, claiming that he (Dr Dele Sobowale) has finally accepted the fact that he was guilty of insulting the aforesaid former President of Nigeria in one of his column on Vanguard Newspaper recently.
Jonathan expressed this on twitter
Dear @DrDeleSobowaleAs you expected, my attention was drawn to your apology as expressed in your Sunday @vanguardngrnews column of March 22, 2020. You specifically regretted an article you wrote in 2014 in which you called me all manner of names.
Jonathan also stated that, regardless of how hurtful that article was, he never criticize Dele, but felt some pain inside him.
‘The truth Dele is that I never took such criticism from you or any other of my critics personally . I may have felt bad as a human being, but I assumed that you were driven more by a patriotic feeling to see our nation make progress, than any personal hatred for me’
He further claimed that many of his critics was not in alignment with the plan and agenda of the government back then, as it halted some of its plans.
‘Although I believed that many of our critics at that time misjudged our plans and programmes for the country, I was fully convinced that our democracy would be better served if we allowed all Nigerians to freely hold us to account, without let or hindrance’
Remember Former President Jonathan was named the personality of the year by Vanguard in 2016.
It will be recalled that during Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s term as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he was often criticized with his style of governance, as many back then dubbed him the most ‘insulted’ Nigeria President in history.