15th September, 2010
Dear compatriots, four months ago, providence placed me at the leadership of our dearÂ country, following the untimely death of our dear former President, my brother and leader,Â President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™adua. It was a very solemn and trying moment for me personally andÂ for the country as a whole.
My immediate task and priority was and still remains to give the nation purposefulÂ leadership and to focus on the priorities of our administration in order to maintainÂ national peace and stability and pursue our key development priorities. In these few monthsÂ as leader of the country, I have concentrated on managing the affairs of the nation, andÂ resisted all efforts to respond to the drums of partisan politics which have been soundingÂ very loud across the land. As President and leader of government, I decided not to placeÂ partisan politics above the immediate needs and priorities of our people. I came underÂ intense pressure to make a declaration concerning my political future, but declined to do soÂ because that would have immediately distracted us from all the development initiatives weÂ have accomplished so far. I therefore told Nigerians to give me time to concentrate on myÂ work and that at the appropriate time I would make a public statement on my political futureÂ after due consultations with all the segments and leaders of our nation.
Today, I confirm that after wide and thorough consultations spanning the six geo-politicalÂ zones that make up Nigeria, with members of my family, my party, the opposition, civilÂ society, the Private Sector, members of the Labour Unions, religious leaders, youths andÂ student groups and our revered traditional institutions, I Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by theÂ grace of God hereby offer myself and my services to the Nigerian people as a candidate forÂ the office of President in the forth coming 2011 elections. In presenting myself forÂ service, I make no pretense that I have a magic wand that will solve all of Nigeriaâ€™sÂ problems or that I am the most intelligent Nigerian. Far from it. What I do promise is thisÂ â€“ If I am elected President in 2011, I will make a covenant with you the Nigerian people toÂ always do right by you, to tell you the truth at all times, to carry you along and mostÂ importantly to listen to you, fellow citizens in our communities and also those of you onÂ this page. I do not want to win your affections by giving you promises of things I would doÂ in the future which others before me have given and which have largely been unfulfilled.Â Rather, I would want you to judge me by my records. Since God Almighty and yourselvesÂ permitted me to serve you in the present capacity, I have busied myself with setting NigeriaÂ on the path of peace and progress.
My team and I made no promises on adequate fuel supply in Nigeria. We simply did what wasÂ expected of those who govern, we delivered it, and you are living witnesses to that. We madeÂ no promise to revamp the textile industry. We delivered a bailout package worth 150 billionÂ naira that is being dispensed as I write. We made no promises of securing the highest U.SÂ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation clearance, the Category 1 Certificate whichÂ enables Nigerian registered airlines to fly to ANY U.S city. We delivered. We made noÂ promise to give Nigeria a brand new INEC under a proven God-fearing and incorruptibleÂ leader. We placed Nigeria first and delivered. We made no promises of protecting your loans,Â deposits and investments in the banking industry over and beyond what is covered under theÂ Nigerian Deposit Insurance Scheme. We delivered it via AMCON. Rather than tell you what weÂ could do to improve power, this administration demonstrated it by initiating a brand newÂ national Super Grid as well as launching a concrete Road Map to the Power Sector withÂ realistic goals tied to realistic dates. I understand from some of your mails that there hasÂ been some small improvements in electricity supply in some communities. We met an economyÂ that was beginning to slow due to the global recession. Today, the economy has verifiablyÂ grown by 7% this half year ending in June.
I know you are tired of empty promises, so I will make only one promise to you today. TheÂ only promise I make to you my friends, fellow citizens and Nigeria, is to promise LESS andÂ deliver MORE if I am elected. I call on you to join me to work together in harmony andÂ synergy to forge a nation where we understand our differences instead of pretending they doÂ not exist and work towards a perfect union founded on transparency, equity and justice. AÂ nation that is on her way to repairing her International reputation and project to the worldÂ that things have changed and the people of Nigeria have now taken Nigeria back from a fewÂ into the hands of her people who are eager, very eager to pull her weight in the forwardÂ movement of the African continent and the world in the pursuit of peace, prosperity andÂ happiness.
I will by the special grace of God be making a formal declaration to this effect at theÂ Eagleâ€™s Square, Abuja, on Saturday 18 September 2010.
I call on you my friends on this page and all Nigerians to give me your support and prayersÂ so that together we can liberate our country from the confines and self â€“inflicted woundsÂ and limitations of the past. My dear friends and fellow citizens, to borrow an often usedÂ slogan by our youths, please join me in proclaiming: Forward Ever, Backward Never! PleaseÂ let us all unite across tongue and creed to move our long suffering nation forward together.Â I thank you and may God bless our country Nigeria. GEJ