Jonathan, a worthy Nigerian symbol of democracy – Moro
Erstwhile Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has described former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as a great leader, who has contributed in no small measure to the advancement and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.
Moro, who was a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) under the immediate past administration of Jonathan, made the statement in a goodwill message to the former President as he clocked 59 on Sunday.
According to the Benue State-born grassroots politician, Jonathan recorded tremendous achievements as President through his transformation agenda, whose footprint was seen in all sectors of the economy before he left office in 2015.
He stated that the ex-President laid a solid foundation upon which the country’s electoral system was rebuilt and restructured, a feat which according to him, paved way for the conduct of free and fair elections in Nigeria.
The ex-Minister further noted that the current clamour and appeal by Nigerians for the return of Jonathan to power, was an indication that the people have come to realize their mistake in voting him out in 2015, despite the great efforts he was making to take Nigeria to the promise land.
Hear him: “Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is a great icon and hero of democracy in Nigeria, Africa and the entire world. He subordinated personal interest to the national interest when, even before the votes for the presidential election were tallied, for the first time in the history of democracy in Nigeria, called his challenger, General Muhammadu Buhari to concede defeat. This doused the pent-up tension and shamed the West’s orchestrated prophecy of Armageddon and the disintegration of Nigeria. By this singular act of statesmanship, a rare political demonstration in Africa, indeed the world, President Jonathan stabilized the polity and ensured a smooth transition of power, again for the first time in the history of democracy in Nigeria from the candidate of the ruling party to the candidate of the opposition party. By emplacing a platform of credible, free, fair and transparent elections, Jonathan laid the foundation for sustaining and deepening democracy in Nigeria. Today, he remains one of the greatest presidents ever produced by Nigeria since the country’s attainment of Independence in 1960. Congratulations to a worthy Nigerian symbol of democracy at 59; a man who via good governance and sterling leadership style brought Nigeria to the path of glory and made significant impact in the lives of the Nigerian people. ”
Wishing the former President more fruitful years of good health, Moro prayed God to continue to bless and protect him as he forges ahead in life.
FROM MICHAEL JEGEDE