Various public figures are currently at the Transcorp Hilton in Maitama, Abuja, to pay homage to former president Goodluck Jonathan as he launches his book entitled; “My Transition Hours” to mark his 61st birthday.
Leading a repertoire of guests at the venue is President Muhammadu Buhari, who is represented by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Also present at the event are the celebrant’s wife, Patience; Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President; Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Vice President; Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; Peter Obi, the PDP vice presidential candidate; Namadi Sambo, the former vice president under Jonathan; and former military heads of states, Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo; Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Governors Samuel Ortom, Seriake Dickson, Darius Ishakiu and Aminu Tambuwal of Benue, Bayelsa, Taraba and Sokoto State; Uche Secondus, the PDP National Chairman; Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Chairman, APC and Alfa Belgore, former chief justice of Nigeria, are also among the dignitaries present at the occasion.
The personalities at the event also include former ministers and presidential aides and heads of agencies under Jonathan, traditional rulers, and politicians mainly from the opposition PDP.
There are also international guests present at the event, including John Mahama, former president of Ghana, as well as former presidents of Benin Republic and Sierra Leone, and members of the diplomatic corps.
Jonathan served as Nigeria’s president from 2010-2015. He became president unexpectedly in May 2010 after the demise of his principal, late president Umar Musa Yar’adua.
He was later elected president following his victory at the 2011 presidential election and ruled for four years. Jonathan, however, lost the 2015 presidential election to the incumbent President Buhari.