2016: Goodluck Jonathan Sends New Year Message

Former President: Goodluck Johnathan.
Former President: Goodluck Johnathan.

Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan addressed Nigerians at New Year for the first time in his new position of ex-leader. Last year brought him a defeat in the presidential election. However, millions of our compatriots still believe him.

In his short statement published on his official Facebook page in the morning of January 1, 2016, the former president expressed confidence that ‘Nigeria will survive’, will get more peace and prosperity in the new year.

Read the original message below:

On behalf of my family and I, I would like to wish all Nigerians a Happy New Year.

We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of one Nigeria and as I have said previously, we would not be Nigerians if God did not will it. Having found ourselves as Nigerians by the divine providence of God, let us celebrate our Nigerianness and make 2016 our turning point year in which we embrace each other and work as a team to advance the frontiers of Nigeria in every field of human endeavour.

In the 80s, our people sang and danced to the hit song ‘Nigeria go survive’. I am convinced that in 2016, Nigeria will not only survive, she will also thrive and help drive the peace, prosperity and unity of all her people. This is something we can all look forward to in the New Year and beyond.

May God bless you and may God bless Nigeria.


Goodluck Jonathan became the president on May 6, 2010. He defeated Muhammadu Buhari in the April 16, 2011, presidential election by a huge margin: 58.89% to 31.98%.

However, Jonathan suffered a defeat in the March 28, 2015, poll by getting 12.8 million (44.96%) votes against Buhari’s 15.4 million (53.96%).