Jokes abound about how Jonathan is the luckiest man in Nigeria. Previously Vice President of the country, he became President due to the death of his predecessor, Umar Musa Yar'adua. Jonathan's advent to the presidency occurred during a period of political insecurity. As such, many looked upon his presidency as an opportunity to being an end to the uncertainty created by Yar'adua's illness-induced absence and the uncertainty it created. That, coupled with Jonathan's performance on international news programs - where he departed from previous Nigerian presidents by sounding and appearing coherent and professional - further increased the support from citizens. And, in no time, many began to clamor for Jonathan to run for office. Different individuals and groups announced their public support for a Jonathan candidacy. Even the United States government announced their support for Jonathan as president in 2011.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
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