Greater Cohesion Key To Africa's Development- Jonathan


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that greater cohesion between

African countries is key to surmounting developmental challenges on the

The President made this assertion  on Friday when he received the Lifetime

Africa Achievement Prize for Leadership (LAAP), for National Cohesion and

Stability In Africa, by the Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF) at an

event which held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
President Jonathan, speaking through his Vice, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo,

said unity among fellow African countries would not only help stabilize

the continent, but would also “help remedy the challenges we face, real or

The President said Nigeria stood for the ideals of Pan-Africanism

observing that “No matter how independent we may be as individual  African

States, the truth is, we are indeed more interdependent than we so  often

We are one people from the womb of one Africa! Whatever affects one may

affect the other positively or negatively,” he added.

Speaking further President Jonathan said national boundaries should not be

a clog in the fight against terrorism and other social vices,  as well as

diseases like the Ebola virus disease stressing that the surest way of

defeating them, was through collective efforts.
“We must again lean on cooperation, collaboration and shared experiences

as we battle the degrading ills of poverty, illiteracy and

” We must work for unity, we must cooperate, we must stand together,” he

President Jonathan commended Nigerians for their support to Government in

the pursuit of peace, equity and justice in the country noting that this

support saw the country through a civil war, militancy in the Niger Delta,

Ebola Virus disease and other social upheavals, emphasizing that it was

also this cohesion that would see the end of terrorism in the country.

According to him “It is to God Almighty and the resilience of our people

that we come out each time stronger, more cohesive and more determined.”

He thanked the organizers  for the recognition, and for hosting the  2014

Laureate Prize  Ceremony in Nigeria even as he said that the award would

further spur  him to do more, while also dedicating it to Nigerians.

Chairman of the Millennium Excellence Foundation, Ambassador Ashim Morton,

speaking at the event said the MEF, sets standards  of zealous principles

to recognize  meritorious achievements and therefore subscribes to its

belief that whosoever merits praise, deserves honour. He thanked Governor

Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State for hosting the event, noting that

this was the first time the event was organized  outside a host country's

The MEF was established 15 years ago in Ghana, the LAAP is dubbed

Africa's most distinguished and highest prize honour. The award celebrates

Africans that have distinguished themselves in positively impacting on the

lives of fellow Africans. The Foundation has Ambassador Ashim Morton as

the Chairman, while Mr. James Victor Gbeho is the President.

The 2014 LAAP  laureates include His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II,

Asantehene of Ghana for Traditional Governance in Africa; Dr. Check Modibo

Diarra  for science research in Africa; Prof Calestous Juma for Food

security, Argo processing and development and quality; Navanethem “Navi”

Pillay, for humanitarianism and equity; Jay Naidoo, for democratic

governance and development; Tony O. Elumelu, for Sustainable development

in Africa; Tidjane Thiam, for Action for Africa; Folorunsho Alakija, for

Action for Africa; Dr. Manilal Premchand Chandaria, for economic

development in Africa; Jim Ovia, for Economic development in Africa;

Donald Kaberuka, for Nation building and African leadership; Ashish J.

Thakkar, for entrepreneurial excellence in Africa; Amadou Mahtar Ba, for

media development in Africa; Haile Gebrselassie, for black star of Africa;

and Didier Drogba for black star of Africa.
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