Additionally, Jonathan urged African nations to establish functional partnerships and actively work towards the successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
In a speech delivered at the Second Kenneth Kaunda Public Lecture held in Pretoria, South Africa, former President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed, for the first time, how the late first President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, accurately predicted his political trajectory seventeen years ago. At that time, Jonathan’s presidential prospects seemed improbable to many.
Jonathan, in his keynote address, emphasized the need for African leaders to emulate Kaunda’s ideals and highlighted his role as a prominent advocate for Africa’s freedom and unity. He stressed the importance of enhancing leadership quality across the continent to ensure that the contributions of visionary leaders like Kaunda towards Africa’s freedom, peace, and development were not in vain.
Additionally, Jonathan urged African nations to establish functional partnerships and actively work towards the successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. This collaborative effort, he emphasized, would foster development and economic empowerment for the entire continent.
Reflecting on the prayers and prophecy shared by Kaunda regarding his political future during the elder statesman’s visit to Bayelsa in 2006, when Jonathan served as the Governor, the former President expressed gratitude and highlighted the significance of the invitation extended to Kaunda to engage in the government’s efforts against HIV/AIDS.
Jonathan said: “I must say it now that Kaunda in the early days of my political career, captured my political trajectory to the presidency in an accurate prophetic revelation that has continued to amaze me till this day.
“In 2006 when Kaunda had ended his visit to us in Yenagoa and was returning to Zambia, I remember seeing him off to the Port Harcourt Airport in neighbouring Rivers State. As he stood up and was about to board a vehicle that would convey him to the aircraft, he turned back and said to me, “Young man, you will be the president of this country one day.”
Jonathan said further that when this happened, he and his Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ambassador Boladei Igali, who was with him “simply looked at each other in amazement, because the presidency was never in our dreams, at that time.”
The former President noted however that he “later saw the prediction fulfilled in my life… So I can say that KK (Kenneth Kaunda) was the man who saw tomorrow as it related then to my political future and fortune, as I eventually became the President of my country, four years after that wish.”
Verifying the former President’s claim, Sunday Musonda, the CEO of the Kenneth Kaunda Children of Africa Foundation, affirmed his presence alongside Kaunda during the aforementioned visit.
“I was with Dr. Kaunda during that visit to Nigeria.
One point I clearly remember was when KK blessed you (Jonathan) and said you would be President of Nigeria one day.”