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Former President Jonathan giving his speech at Oxford

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has, Monday, said that he was never elected as Nigeria’s president to spread poverty but to generate and spread wealth.

Jonathan who spoke at the Oxford Union, with the theme
‘Fostering Youth Entrepreneurship, and succeeding US
Secretary of State who spoke at the same event in May
this year, said that only being entrepreneurial can
completely cure poverty and not having a job or working
for someone.

“I once said that I was not elected President of Nigeria to
spread poverty; I was elected to generate and spread

“My belief in this regard is that getting a job or being a
worker cannot completely cure the disease of poverty. It is
only your own business that can provide such security and
give you the financial freedom you need to prosper.”

Dr. Jonathan, whose speech was streamed live,
rhetorically queried his audience asking why some nations
are rich and others remain poor.

Former President Jonathan giving his speech at Oxford

”Why are some nations rich and some poor? Why do
individuals that grow up in similar circumstances end up
differently, with some as successes and others as
“Is the wealth of nations a result of geography, weather,
culture, destiny, etc.? What could a leader do to effectively
lift a people out of the depths of poverty and enable them
to achieve prosperity?” asked Jonathan.

The former Nigerian leader talked about youth
entrepreneurship programs his administration pioneered,
saying that one of them, YouWIN, was a major plank of his
job creation efforts.

“The motivation for this program is for young people to go
into SMEs, create jobs for other young people with the
expectation that some would grow to large scale
businesses” Dr. Jonathan said.

He concluded his speech by giving a short brief of his
achievements in the economic sphere, saying, “Under my
watch, Nigeria was projected by CNN Money to be the third
fastest growing economy in the world for the year 2015
and rated as the largest economy in Africa and the 23rd
largest in the world by the World Bank and the IMF, with a
GDP above half a Trillion US dollars.”

The speech was streamed live via Dr. Jonathan’s
Facebook page and will be hosted on the Oxford Union’s

Previous speakers at the Oxford Union include the late King
of Pop, Michael Jackson, Bangladeshi Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina, author of 48 laws of power, Robert Greene,
the Dalai Lama, former British prime ministers Winston
Churchill, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and John
Major. Others were Mother Teresa and former US
presidents Richard Nixon (November 1978), Jimmy Carter,
Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton.

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