ENGLISHNigerian History


Nigerian map showing the countr’s flag. Source : creativecommons.org

Goodluck Jonathan administration 2010-2015 was the third administration in the series of Nigerian Democratic Governments 1999-2019. Before becoming the Nigerian Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan served as Governor of Bayelsa State in the south-south region of Nigeria from 2005 to 2007.

In 2007, Goodluck Jonathan became the Vice President of Nigeria. Eventually, after the death of President Yar’adua, Goodluck Jonathan automatically became the Nigerian President. In 2011, he won contested and won the Presidential election of 2011.

Swearing in of Goodluck Jonathan as Nigerian President on 29th May, 2011. Source : thenigerianvoice.com

In terms of economy and power improvement, the Goodluck administration have worked very well that the GDP of Nigeria became the largest in Africa. On the other hand, the administration privatized the Nigerian Power Company of NEPA. The new private power company became the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

During the Goodluck Jonathan administration 2010-2015, there were many infrastructural developments in Nigeria. For example, the Lagos-Ibadan, and Abuja-Kaduna rail line was inaugurated. Also, different roads nationwide were improved such as Abuja-Lokoja expressway, and Lagos-Benin expressway.


During Goodluck Administration, educational sector have witnessed a good improvement. Initially, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) was established with aim of improving the government owned tertiary institutions. For example, the TETFUND have succeeded in improving infrastructures in different Nigerian higher institutions and also in sponsoring academic staffs to further their level of education. Also, during the administration, many federal universities were created in order to accommodate more Nigerians into University.


Goodluck administration have already inherited an insecurity problem more especially the issue Boko Haram in the northeastern part of Nigeria. Gradually, from around the year 2012, the Boko Haram terrorists increased their attacks through bombing and shooting. Their attacks continued to the extent that they seized the control of about fourteen local governments in Borno State.

In January 2012, the Boko Haram made a huge attack on Kano city. In Kano, the terrorists attacked the Nigerian Zone One Police Headquarter, the Kano State Police Headquarter, and one police division. The resulted in the death of many people.

The Boko Haram continued to get a stronghold in the north. In April 2014, the Boko Haram terrorists stormed the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno State where they kidnapped the 200 schoolgirls. In November, 2014, the terrorists attacked and bombed the Kano Central Mosque. During the attack, over 200 worshippers were killed and hundreds casualties.


The worsening of Boko Haram insurgency put Goodluck administration under huge criticism from many Nigerians. The President was personally criticized of being incapable to tackle the issue.

In the 2015 Presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan faced a huge opposition especially due to the insecurity in the country. Eventually, the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari defeated him. Without any hesitation, President Goodluck concede the defeat, which marked the end of his administration.

Ahmad Abdullahi, BA History

My name is Ahmad Abdullahi, I was born on 10th March, 1994 in Garun-Danga Town, Gabasawa L.G., Kano State. I attended FCE Demonstration Primary School from 2002 to 2007, FCE Staff Secondary School from 2007 to 2013, and Northwest University, Kano from 2013 to 2017, where I obtained bachelor degree in History.

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