President Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON is the 14th Head of State and current President of Nigeria.
Jonathan was born in Bayelsa State to a family of canoe makers.
He holds a B.S. degree in Zoology in which he attained Second Class Honours. He holds an M.Sc. degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology, and a Ph.D. degree in Zoology from the University of Port Harcourt.
He worked as an education inspector, lecturer, and environmental-protection officer. He entered politics in 1998.
President Umaru Yar’Adua died on 5 May 2010. Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as Yar’Adua’s successor on the following day, becoming Nigeria’s 14th Head of State. He cited anti-corruption, power and electoral reforms as focuses of his administration. He stated that he came to office under “very sad and unusual circumstances”.
On 18 May 2010, the National Assembly approved Jonathan’s nomination of former Kaduna State governor, Namadi Sambo, for the position of Vice President.
On 29 June 2010, Jonathan launched a Facebook page in accordance with his promise to interact more with Nigerians.
On 2 August 2010 Jonathan launched ‘Roadmap for Power Sector Reform‘, achieving stable electricity in Nigeria.
On 15 September 2010, Jonathan announced on Facebook that he had decided to run for reelection. This made him the first Nigerian president to declare his re-election bid via social media.
He won with 59% of the votes. On 18 April, Jonathan was declared the winner of the election. His victory was, however, followed by violence in the north over claims of vote rigging.