President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said Nigerians would appreciate him for the transformation he has brought to bear in the country after he must have left office as president.
The president stated this in his remarks when traditional rulers and stakeholders from his state of Bayelsa led by the Governor, Seriake Dickson, paid him Christmas homage at his residence in the Presidential Villa.
The president said he would be assessed by his successor on the laudable things he must have done for the country.
Jonathan noted that people do not often give credit to great men when they are still in charge of affairs.
He expressed confidence that when a new administration takes over and people make comparison, they would appreciate his efforts and give him his due credit.
The president added that he won’t be distracted by criticisms, as he would continue to give his best to the nation.
He acknowledged the fact that leaders all over the world get more lambasted these days due to the effect and power of social media since people often use new inventions for the wrong reasons.
“These days, leaders all over the world get lambasted a lot and the effect of the social media has made it worse. There are some inventions that are not used for the right reasons.
“The social media that is supposed to be used for positive things is being used for something else. I don’t expect praises now until I leave office. But I will do my best for our economy to continue to thrive despite the challenges in dwindling oil price and the security challenges.
“People don’t often give credit when the man is still there. They often do it when he has left and another man is in charge. When they make comparison, they will begin to see the great things the former man did.
“We will continue to thank Nigerians for the opportunity given to us to serve and we will continue to do our best,” Jonathan said.
He thanked the delegation for their consistent support for his administration.
Earlier, Dickson said they were in the State House to felicitate and solidarise with Jonathan and his family in the spirit of the festive season, while wishing him a victorious new year.
He reiterated the fact that Bayelsa people would continue to support the president.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the visit, Dickson said Bayelsa, the president’s home state, was peaceful and was in safe hands.
The governor also presented a Christmas card to the president on behalf of the state.