Thursday 8 August 2013

President Jonathan breaks fast as Ramadan ends

JONATHANNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has embraced aspects of Islam though a practising Christian.

In demonstration of this, the Nigerian leader this morning joined millions of the country’s Muslims in breaking their fast as the curtain was drawn on Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

Photos released this morning by presidential spokesman Reuben Abati show Dr. Jonathan decked in a typical Islamic garb and seated at the breakfast table at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. One of the photos shows the President warmly welcoming diplomatic guests to the breakfast while another shows him reclining at the table, with a female guest to his left and a male guest to his right, and a third shows him making a speech apparently to welcome all guests to the feast.

From the photos, the 28 days fast appears to have taken a toll on President Jonathan, as he looks slimmer and a bit famished. Going by the fruits set in front of him, it is obvious that the Nigerian leader likes apple, banana and vine. 

A zoologist (he has a doctorate degree in the discipline), the 55-year-old Jonathan was a university teacher before entering politics 12 years ago, rising rapidly through the ranks to become leader of Africa’s most populous country in 2010.

Culled from: Osun Defender.

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