Former President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that he is not an extrovert who is prone to serious social and political activism.
He said this at the gala night to round off the three-day program of the second ‘Unique University of Port Harcourt Class ’81 Reunion’ (UU81) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, which ended on Saturday.
Jonathan, the reunion’s host and a member of the Class of ’81, said he’s trying to figure out if he was an accidental politician.
During the ceremony, he and Stanley Lawson, a former Group Executive Director, Finance and Accounts, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), who organized the inaugural edition in Abuja in 2017, received honorary awards from the university’s Class ’81 alumni.
According to the former president, politics entails a lot of talking and other things that a quiet person may not be as comfortable with as an extrovert.
Jonathan while expressing gratitude for the award, said, “You know that I don’t know whether I am an accidental politician because I am supposed not to be a politician.
“If you plant a curve from introvert to extrovert and start zero as the most introvert person and 100 as the most extrovert person, and you plot that continuum, I will be between 35 and 45 on the introvert side. So, I am an introvert.
“An introvert supposed not to be involved in politics because politics involves much talking and you always want to show your presence. But somehow, God has a way of solving problems.”
He expressed appreciation to the pioneer graduates of the institution for their support and encouragement, especially while in office, adding that he and his wife, Patience, were pleased with the unique get-together.