Former President Goodluck Jonathan says while in office, he never used his position to punish people.
Jonathan, who entered politics as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, later governed the state and from there became Vice-President before he emerged president of Nigeria.
Speaking in Benin, Edo state capital, during the 50th birthday celebration of Charles Osazuwa, president of the Rock of Ages Christian Assembly, the former president said while in politics, he had a conviction to never cause the death of anyone.
“My belief, particularly when I joined politics is not to use a temporary privilege, a temporary position God has given to me to punish people.”
“Some of the things I did while in office to which people still make reference were based on the conviction not to use my position to cause the death of anybody.
“Any position I have occupied by divine providence should not be used to create hardship for other people.”
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, who was one of the guests, lauded Osazuwa for using the word of God to address Nigeria’s current challenges.
“What singles you out is your ability and capacity to use and link the challenges we are having today as a country with the scriptures and to use same to give hope to the people particularly the youths,” he said.
“Apostle Osazuwa understands the role of God and the role of the scripture in our modern society; nobody, in my view has been able to explain things the way he does.”