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Jonathan shares US accolade with Nigerians

05 January 2016, 08:09Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Former president Goodluck Jonathan has dedicated to Nigerians an award conferred on him by a prominent United States publication.

The African Sun Times awarded him the International Person of the Year 2015 following a peaceful transition of power to the then-opposition All Progressives Congress.

“I am indeed humbled by this honour. When I think about it, I understand why this medium may have thought me worthy of such an honour. However, I believe that my people, the Nigerian people, are more deserving of this honour,” Jonathan said.

He added Nigerians put to shame the country’s doubters with the largely peaceful polls and subsequent handover of power.

Jonathan received global applause for accepting defeat to former dictator, Muhammadu Buhari.

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“We, the Nigerian people put to shame naysayers and prophets of doom and in 2015, we held a most transparent, violence-free and credible elections that transferred power from one political party to another and from an incumbent to the opposition, without rancour, bitterness or strife,” he said.

Jonathan said the development proved that nobody's political ambition was worth the blood of any Nigerian or any national of any country for that matter.

“That to me, is a most worthy testimonial of the character of the Nigerian nation and the resilience of our people which is why I dedicate this honour to them,” Jonathan said.

He prayed for God to continue to bless Nigeria and its citizens.

Jonathan, the fourth President of Africa’s most populous nation, was at the helm from 2010-2015. 

- CAJ News


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