FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan has been named the International Person of the Year 2015 by the African Sun Times newspaper.
The newspaper said that it choice of Jonathan was because of his role in ensuring a peaceful transition of government in Nigeria.
“The award was given to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who shocked the whole world by swiftly calling current Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and conceding his defeat in the March 29 Nigerian presidential election, thereby stopping the predictions of violent bloodshed in Nigeria, and keeping his words that he would not allow the blood of a Nigerian to be shed to further his political ambitions,” the publication said, adding: “President Jonathan must be applauded for creating a solid foundation for the growth of democracy in Africa. The world has started to recognize President Jonathan’s courageous act.”
Jonathan earned worldwide accolade for conceding defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari after the March 28 elections, thus preventing Nigeria from erupting into massive waves of electoral violence which many around the world had predicted would occur.
He was recently chosen to head a Commonwealth observer mission for the Tanzania elections and was also called upon to intervene in Zanzibar’s political stalemate.
— Jan 6, 2016 @ 14:00 GMT