Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR

Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe JonathanGCFRBNERGCON (born 20 November 1957) is a Nigerian politician and President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. He re-contested and lost the recently concluded Presidential election, upon which he conceded defeat in the competitive election, the first sitting Nigerian president to do so. Prior to his role as President, he served as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007 and as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010.

Jonathan’s term as President of Nigeria ended on 29 May 2015, he handed over to President Elect Muhammadu Buhari.

Early and Personal Life

Jonathan was born in what is now Bayelsa State to a family of canoe makers. Jonathan holds a B.Sc. Degree in Zoology in which he attained Second Class Honours. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology, and a PhD degree in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt, which he did not finish according to Olusegun Obasanjo. Before he entered politics in 1998, he worked as an education inspector, lecturer, and environmental-protection officer.

Jonathan and his wife Patience have two children. He is a Christian, and he comes from the Ijaw ethnic group.


Deputy Governor of Bayelsa

On 29 May 1999, Jonathan was sworn in as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa alongside Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who named in as the governor of the state on the platform of PDP. Jonathan served as Deputy Governor until December 2005.

Governor of Bayelsa

On 9 December 2005, Jonathan, who was Deputy Governor at the time, was sworn in as Governor of Bayelsa State upon the impeachment of the current Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha by the Bayelsa State Assembly after being charged with money laundering in the United Kingdom.