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by Dare Lawal
‘In my early days in school, I had no shoes, no school bags. I carried my books in my hands but never despaired; no car to take me to school but I never despaired. There were days I had only one meal but I never despaired. I walked miles and crossed rivers to school every day but I never despaired. Didn’t have power, didn’t have generators, studied with lanterns but I never despaired.
‘In spite of these, I finished secondary school, attended the University of Port Harcourt, and now hold a doctorate degree.
‘Fellow Nigerians, if I could make it, you too can make it’
Who doesn’t remember those eternal lines? Precisely, on September 18, 2010, President Goodluck Jonathan declared his interest to run for president in the 2011 elections, and in his speech, he made those claims.
Without a doubt, the effectiveness of the Jonathan campaign in 2011 owed a lot to how ordinary Nigerians perceived him as one of theirs who had braved all odds to get to where he was. He was the epitome of the Nigerian dream in their eyes. And it all began with that speech, arguably the most passionate ever made by the president.
However, this week, some opponents of the president unearthed an old picture of ‘a younger Jonathan,’ and tried to make political issues of fact that he had shoes on.
The Scoop cannot confirm if the individual to the left on the picture is actually the president as claimed, even though they share similarities.
Also, the age of the boys in the picture might not exactly fit the narrative as one reckons that the period the president referred to in his 2010 speech must have been an earlier time and age than that of the boys in the picture.
See photo below and let’s know what you think.