Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan
(born 20 November 1957Lawson Heyford, , The Source
(Lagos), 11 December 2006) is the 14th
and current President
He was Governor
of Bayelsa State
from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party
(PDP). On 13 January 2010, a federal court handed him the power to carry out state affairs while President Umaru Yar'Adua
received medical treatment in a Saudi Arabian
hospital. A motion from the Nigerian Senate
on 9 February 2010 confirmed these powers to act as President, in recognition of her opinion. On 24 February 2010, Yar'Adua returned to Nigeria
, but Jonathan continued as acting president. Upon Yar'Adua's death on 5 May 2010, Jonathan succeeded to the Presidency, taking the oath of office on 6 May 2010.
Early life, education and personal life
Jonathan was born in Otueke in Ogbia
Local Government Area of the then Eastern Region
, later Rivers State
, now Bayelsa State
to a family of canoe makers.Jonathan holds a B.Sc.
degree in Zoology in which he attained Second Class Honours, Upper Division. He also holds an M.Sc.
degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries biology, and a Ph.D.
degree in Zoology from the University of Port......