WHEN fortune flees from men, they are often forsaken by the friends they made while they were riding high on the waves of fame. If former President Goodluck Jonathan did not believe these words before now, events in the past few days must have forced a rethink.
The former President turned 60 years old on Monday, but instead of the usual avalanche of glowing advertorials in newspapers and the electronic media, the gift his former associates gave him was silence. Only a few close pals even bothered to publicly congratulate him on adding another year.
Since his defeat at the polls in the last presidential election, Jonathan has been left in the cold by his multitude of fair weather friends and political jobbers who filled his ears with false proclamations of undying love and friendship while he held sway as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
While he used his position to secure favourable deals for many of his so-called friends, they were the first to jump ship at the first sign of trouble. Now mostly alone and powerless in the grand scheme of things, Jonathan is forced to rely on the few faithful comrades who have remained as close as blood brothers to him.