Former President Goodluck Jonathan is still relishing his days as a lecturer years after he left the confines of libraries and classrooms.

He is ready to return to school, he says, highlighting what he enjoyed as a lecturer.  

Dr. Jonathan was at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt over the weekend as the school held its 35th and 36th combined convocation ceremony.

At the event the former President was conferred “Icon of Democracy” award by the institution.

In his acceptance speech, he expressed gratitude to the institution for the honour, thanking the Senate of the university for considering his family worthy of double honours.

He says if he finds a teaching job again he will be glad to offer his service. 

“I always attach so much importance to any recognition coming from home because I strongly believe that no prize commands higher value than the one given by the beneficiary’s direct constituency,” he said while acknowledging that the visit to the institution was like homecoming for him.

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Expressing his love for his teaching job, he said: “Let me also say that I had good job satisfaction here, compared to all the other places I have worked.

 “For all the hindrances teachers face, they derive a fulfilling experience and satisfaction from the special relationship they cultivate with their students.

“This is because bringing up the young ones is very rewarding in a very distinct manner.

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“The bond, friendship and sense of loyalty are eternal. “Even today, the way my former students regard and relate with me is different from the way my fellow politicians relate with me, even those I mentored.”

Aside from the honour conferred on him by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wiki, the wife of the Automated University Library of the institution was named after the wife of the former President, Dame Patience Jonathan.

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