Wednesday, 28 November 2018

MY TRANSITION HOURS BY GOODLUCK JONATHAN

COVER OF THE BOOK

Title: MY TRANSITION HOURS
Year of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 978-978-50522-9-9
Author: Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan
Foreword: John Mahama, President of Ghana 2012-2017
Reviewer: Dr Raphael James
Page: 228 

WITH HIS WIFE

The book is divided into 12 chapters. The author presented his ‘My Transition Hours’ ahead of his memoirs, like he wrote, just in case, someone somewhere awaits the endangered truth in a sea of lies. In his introduction he told us how he was born on the 20th of November, 1957, some moments away from Nigeria's independence in 1960. He told us his story of the circumstances of his birth, childhood and family, the "canoe building" part of his family's mainstay as a clear statement on how downtrodden they were.

He also talked about his unusual entry into Nigerian politics. How he was convinced in 1999, to join in the gubernatorial race of his state, Bayelsa, as a running mate to the Governorship candidate, DSP ALAMIEYESEIGH. He wrote about how he was sworn in as the deputy Governor, how he later served two years as Governor in Bayelsa State (2005-2007) and another two years as the Vice President of Nigeria (2007-2010) followed by the sad, untimely death of his boss, the president and how he was thrust into a political arena that he had no previous intention to participate in.

WITH HIS FORMER BOSS, PRESIDENT YAR' ADUA
He explained to his readers that the book ‘My Transition Hours’ is not his biography. That it is a personal and very honest account of his stewardship in the heady days of the months and weeks leading to his unprecedented telephone call to General Muhammadu Buhari on the 31 of March, 2015 to concede that he won the presidential election.  The book also talked about the personal insults, unfounded negative accusations and calculated vicious attacks directed at him during his presidency and how challenging they were to him.

I like the part were the author talked about the word that most writers used in describing him, the word "clueless" and he described it as being most hilarious because it was quite thoughtless. He wrote thus: “A Nigerian president had too much clue and competence at his beck and call to be clueless. The enormous human and material resource attached to the office of president would appear too much for the "clueless" crowd to wrap their heads around. I consider it good luck and great honour to have had the kind of greats who served in my team.”

PART OF HIS ACHIEVEMENT IN OFFICE
The author went ahead to write about Nigerian political stalemate, his decisions points and how the world responded to it, his last weeks in office and the fight against corruption that followed when he left office and how the new government took up the blame game against him and his team. He also wrote about his wife and wrote extensively about the change game of the new government and the presidential inauguration dinner. 

THE YOUNG JONATHAN

To round the book up he told us about the task of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and he pointed out also “the damaging effect allowing ourselves to be constantly programmed by a section of media establishment with vested interest and negative politics.” He also wrote about how he and his team laboured hard and broke bones to push the Freedom of Information Bill into law, and how he now realized that the ones who should use it for theirs' and the people's freedom are themselves in bondage.

In conclusion he wrote: “I must say that it is my joy that I can hold my head high in my post office life to say that under my watch, no Nigerian fled to exile because of his or her belief and not one political assassination happened under me in spite of the wild accusation that I trained "1,000 snipers".

This book is for people of all races, creeds, colours and all manner of diversities around the world.
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WITH HIS FORMER BOSS, GOVERNOR ALAMIEYESEIGH

Dr Raphael James is the Master Biographer, the founder of the largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 36, 000 photos. Publisher of African Dame and The National Biographer Magazines; The National Biographer Magazine have interviewed five world Presidents. He has written 56 manuscripts and published only 23 books. He has so far donated over 30, 058 books to schools in Nigeria and Ghana since 2008, to assist in promoting reading culture. He also runs a page on Facebook - Book Review with Dr Raphael James


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