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Former president Goodluck Jonathan has, Monday, said that he was never elected as Nigeria’s president to spread poverty but to generate and spread wealth.

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Jonathan who spoke at the Oxford Union, with the theme ‘Fostering Youth Entrepreneurship, and succeeding US Secretary of State who spoke at the same event in May this year, said that only being entrepreneurial can completely cure poverty and not having a job or working for someone.

 “I once said that I was not elected President of Nigeria to spread poverty; I was elected to generate and spread wealth.”

 “My belief in this regard is that getting a job or being a worker cannot completely cure the disease of poverty.

 It is only your own business that can provide such security and give you the financial freedom you need to prosper.” Dr. Jonathan, whose speech was streamed live, rhetorically queried his audience asking why some nations are rich and others remain poor.

”Why are some nations rich and some poor?

 Why do individuals that grow up in similar circumstances end up differently, with some as successes and others as failures?” “Is the wealth of nations a result of geography, weather, culture, destiny, etc.? What could a leader do to effectively lift a people out of the depths of poverty and enable them to achieve prosperity?” asked Jonathan.

The former Nigerian leader talked about youth entrepreneurship programs his administration pioneered, saying that one of them, YouWIN, was a major plank of his job creation efforts.

 “The motivation for this program is for young people to go into SMEs, create jobs for other young people with the expectation that some would grow to large scale businesses” Dr. Jonathan said.

 He concluded his speech by giving a short brief of his achievements in the economic sphere, saying, “Under my watch, Nigeria was projected by CNN Money to be the third fastest growing economy in the world for the year 2015 and rated as the largest economy in Africa and the 23rd largest in the world by the World Bank and the IMF, with a GDP above half a Trillion US dollars.”

The speech was streamed live via Dr. Jonathan’s Facebook page and will be hosted on the Oxford Union’s site.

Previous speakers at the Oxford Union include the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, author of 48 laws of power, Robert Greene, the Dalai Lama, former British prime ministers Winston Churchill, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

 Others were Mother Teresa and former US presidents Richard Nixon (November 1978), Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton.

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  1. ... Who God has blessed no man can curse.
    .. And they are eating their words before your very eye.
    Goodluck Nigeria!

  2. This Otueke fisher man was talking rubbish. I think he has taken some ogogoro before the interview. Dummy ex- president from south south.

    1. Your father and grand father combined,can never get to this otueke fisherman's level..stupid goat...was he eleected to spread poverty and hunger???just look at you....are you sure you even saw the four walls of a secondary school sef...please pray hard to get to this man's level in your lifetime...

  3. Buhari's own speech na to call his wife COOK and Bedroom woman, call his fellow Zoogerians THIEF and give a useless sharing formula of 95% and 7% = 102%.
    Almajiri wey drop out from school to join the Army with IM and sabi sabi, yet some idiot dey shout sai BABA MALU!!!!
    Keep on the good image making brother GEJ.

  4. U did share wealth with Dasukigate, Ekitigate, looting n complete depletion of our Foreign reserve with increasing external debt.

    1. Have ever checked wht our foreign reserve, our national debt and how much in the national accounts at the time GEJ handed over bcos I think that some of us open our mouth to say non sense

    2. Please check your finding very well before you comments okay. For the record no country in the world without debt. GEJ left huge reserve for Buhari which OBJ also confirmed. The reserve is reducing every months. So ask Buhari what he did with the money and the recovered loots also.

  5. Goodluck Nigeria! The difference is now as clear as the difference between day and night.
    Some People were elected to create wealth but some were elected not just to create poverty but pain and death.
    Chanji Dole!
    Sai Tinubu!
    Sai Baba!

  6. Bro gej if d daft fools refuse 2 see shun dem d have succeeded in getting us int abyss and d still shamelessly call u names God will continue 2 punish and disgrace dem b4 u and all.

  7. Goodluck Jona, you are really the good. Look at PMB administration, ppl are being layed off from work, companies folding up and leaving the country, ppl commiting suicide bcos they have nothing to live for, PMB bigotry approach to other ethnic groups is high, Fulani herdsmen (PMB FOOT SOLDIRS) are killing Igbos and Deltans

  8. Of course brodaa mii gej,that's true talk coming from you my man...every president is elected to create and share wealth,but it's like this present one is sharing pain,poverty and gnashing of teeth.....its a pity...ride on my man,who God has blessed,no buhari can curse....

  9. God has lifted u GEJ, no man can bring u down not even APC with their propaganda. May God continue to bless you.

  10. Enter your spread the wealth indeed

  11. Oops!! Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan really meant well for Nigeria and Nigerians but the associates are more clever. The International bodies that installed PMB have classified information about the atrocities and damages already visited on Nigerian economy. In order to safe our economy from total collapse, they prefer a change in baton. No angel can prevent what we are witnessing today because of that damages. In as much as I pity this administration, PMB cannot solve the mess already created in four years.


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