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GEJ at 60: Ijaw youths set to celebrate former president

- Ijaw youths have set in motion activities towards the 60th birthday for former President Goodluck Jonathan

- The youths in a statement described the former president as a son of the Ijaw nation who made them proud

Ahead of former President Goodluck Jonathan's 60th birthday in a few days, Ijaw youths under the umbrella of Save Ijaw Nation Group have set in motion activities geared toward celebrating him. gathered that the group in release signed by Tony Ile said the timing available to them to celebrate the former president whom they described as “hero per valour and a colossus of knowledge” and an “enviable leader of the country and a son of the Ijaw Nation who has made us very proud”.

Ijaw Youths Set to Celebrate GEJ at 60

Former President Goodluck Jonathan will turn 60 on November 20, 2017 Photo credit: Google

The statement reads in part: “It is our unique privilege to celebrate an icon, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as he turns 60 in a few days, specifically on November 20, 2017.

“Goodluck Jonathan is an enviable leader of the country and a son of the Ijaw Nation who has made us very proud. He is a hero per valour and a colossus of knowledge.

“Our dear leader Goodluck Jonathan was saddled the leadership of this nation at a time the nation needed stability and sanity. He united everyone and carried everyone along as he pursued his vision of a united, strong and free nation. By the end of his tenure he emerged as the Hero of Democracy.

“Mr president, we are grateful for your service to this nation and to the Ijaw nation.

“Your service brought out the light in the Ijaw nation and today our brothers and sisters are proud. You did not allow the struggles of our forefathers to be in vain and because we are not an ungrateful people that is why we use this special occasion to thank you and celebrate you for the pride you have brought to us in the Ijaw nation.

“As we count down to your 60th birthday on 20th November, 2017, we the members of the save Ijaw nation group thank you for your unforgettable leadership as Nigeria’s 14th Head of State.

“We wish you well and pray that God grants you the wisdom to continue to be a light to the Ijaw nation, Nigeria and the rest of Africa”.

According to an earlier report by, Goodluck Jonathan, has explained why he would not be testifying in the ongoing trial of the past national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh.

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In an application filed by the former president before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Jonathan said appearing as a witness in Metuh's trial will expose him to criminal trial.

He allayed fears that some individuals in President Muhammadu Buhari's administration are making several efforts "to harass, intimidate and rubbish” his reputation and that of his wife, Patience.

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