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Biography of Goodluck JONATHAN

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Born on 20/11/1957 (format : day/month/year)

Biography :

Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (b. Novembre 20, 1957),is currently the President of Nigeria. A former zoologist who became vice-president in 2007. He was the Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29 May 2007. He became officially the President of Nigeria May 6, 2010, the day after the previous President was buried, after a prolonged illness that saw his Vice-President step in to his shoes as Acting President. There had been tension in the country as rival political factions struggle to assert authority in what was seen as a power vacuum during the period of illness of Yar’Adua.

Family: He is married to Patience and has two children.

Jonathan, of the Ijo (Ijaw) ethnic group and a Christian, was born and raised in the region of the Niger delta in what is now Bayelsa state. He attended Christian primary and secondary schools in the area and later attended the University of Port Harcourt, earning a B.S. in zoology (1981), an M.S. in hydrobiology and fisheries biology (1985), and a Ph.D. in zoology (1995). During his university education, he also taught at Rivers State College of Education from 1983 until 1993. He then served as an assistant director at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, a now defunct government agency, from 1993 until 1998.

Jonathan’s political career began when he became involved with the nascent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the late 1990s. He was elected deputy governor of Bayelsa state in 1999 under the party’s banner. He served in that position until 2005, when he was elevated to the governorship after the incumbent was charged with corruption and impeached. In 2007 he was selected to be the vice presidential running mate of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He and Yar’Adua were elected in April and inaugurated in May. zoologist he became vice -president of Nigeria in 2007

He is currently responsable for a contravertial law which stops the generous subsidies on petrol, recognising the fact that Nigeria imports practically all of its refined petrol, at great cost and stopping a very lucrative cross border smuggling operation which does not benefit the government.

Last update : 01/08/2012

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