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Jonathan bags highest national honour of Namibia

21 March 2014, 18:44

Windhoek - President Goodluck Jonathan was on Friday in Windhoek conferred with the "Order of Welwitschia’’, Namibia’s highest national honour, by his counterpart, President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

The decoration of President Jonathan with the honour was the high point of the 24th independence anniversary of Namibia.

The ceremony which took place at the capacity-filled Independence Stadium, Windhoek, was attended by the founding president and father of the Namibian nation, Dr Sam Nujoma.

The Prime Minister of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob, cabinet ministers, members of the Namibian parliament and other senior citizens were among dignitaries who also witnessed the event at the 35 000 capacity stadium.

In his speech, Pohamba said the honour was conferred on Jonathan in recognition of the selfless contributions by the government and the people of Nigeria to Namibia's national liberation struggle.

He said that the contributions were deeply imprinted in the chronicle of Namibian history and they would forever be grateful.

Pohamba noted that despite the geographic distance, Nigeria played a prominent role together with the frontline states in supporting the liberation movements in Southern Africa, including SWAPO of Namibia.

He also applauded Nigeria's steadfast and consistent contribution to the resolution of conflicts and the maintenance of peace and stability in Africa.

He said that his country specifically recognised Nigeria under the leadership of Jonathan for acting decisively to resolve the crisis in Cote d' Ivoire, Mali and other parts of Africa.

In his response, President Jonathan thanked Pohamba and the people of Namibia for the award which, he said, underscored the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

“Although I have been given the honour as Nigeria's President, I recognise that this gesture rightly belongs to the Nigerian people on whose behalf I am privileged to serve.


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