by Isi Esene
This might be a bit hard to believe but president Goodluck Jonathan disclosed yesterday that he is struggling to build his house at Otuoke village, Bayelsa State.
Jonathan who disclosed this at a fundraiser for the St. Stephens Anglican Deanery and Youth Development Centre, Otuoke said he might have to give out the house if his children do not show interest in living in the building.
According to the president, “We are all mortal beings, we are all biological specimen so we will all die but when we die, what will we be remembered for, what will we leave behind?
“I use to tell people that even the house I am struggling to build in the village, these days in this global age, how am I sure that my children will even stay in my root. They want to go to West Indies, they want to go to Latin America.
“So, I was even joking with people that if I look at the behaviour of my children and if I don’t see any of them that will patronise the village, I will donate my house before I die.”
He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to contribute to the development of poor communities in the country in order to better the lives of the youth and empower them.
“I feel the only thing I can do is to make sure that from nursery school to primary and secondary school, there should be a standard educational facility and youth programme, so that it gives opportunity for the younger ones to grow. Even if we die in the next 100 years, people will remember that those before them have something for them,” he reportedly said.
Present at the occasion were Jim Ovia, Ifeanyi Uba, Chika Okafor, Joseph Arumemi–Ikhide, Oba Otudeko and Tony Elumelu.