Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Bauchi described governor Bala Mohammed as a dependable ally and a trusted ‘son’ who has unparalleled loyalty.
He disclosed that his aides have all disappeared from him after he lost election and left office saying few of them with the governor of Bauchi State Senator Bala Mohammed as most loyal.
While inaugurating the 6.25km Sabon Kaura-Jos bypass road constructed by the Bauchi State government at the cost of N2.2 billion, the ex-Nigerian leader, said he felt honoured that Bauchi State governor was still identifying with him even after leaving office.
“The invitation to inaugurate the first legacy project in the state and immortalising me through the road project is a big honour to me which I would live to remember.
“Today is a very big day for me, and you know why, because it is not easy for somebody to work with you in Nigeria then, even after leaving office, that person still continues with that kind of strong relationship with you.
“I have been in government for a reasonable time, I have attained a number of levels starting from deputy governor and most of our experience is that after leaving office, some of the people you think that if they don’t see you will not eat, will just forget that you even exist.
“But this Senator Bala Mohammed, the governor of Bauchi State, is a good brother and he has invited me to inaugurate the first major project that he has completed. That is a big honour, and it is not only inauguration, he even named the road after me as Goodluck Jonathan Road.”
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Jonathan commended Mohammed for his developmental strides in the state in less than two years of being in office.
In his response, the governor described Jonathan as his mentor who has made much impact in his life.