Former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has emerged as the African Leadership Magazine Africa Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020, ahead of many other distinguished nominees across the continent.
Publisher of the United Kingdom-based magazine, Dr Ken Giami who announced the award at the U.K. Head Office of the group stated that Dr. Jonathan was overwhelmingly chosen by poll respondents because of his “commitment to deepening democracy, peace and security across the continent.”
According to him, the former President “who has led several African Union (AU) and ECOWAS missions across the continent, emerged winner after scoring over 80% of the total votes cast in the category, in a keenly contested poll.”
Dr. Jonathan was announced as the winner in the 9th edition of the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award, alongside 12 other distinguished Africans, including: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization, WHO, as African of the Year 2020; Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, as African Political Leader of the Year; Mo Ibrahim, founder, Mo Ibrahim foundation, as the African Philanthropist of the year 2020; Graca Machel, as African Climate Champion of the Year 2020.
A statement by the magazine indicated that the poll attracted over 120,000 votes on the ALM website, over 7 million active online engagement during the voting period and over 5000 votes via email.
It stated that the winners shall be decorated and presented with honour instruments on February 26th, 2021, during the annual African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year Award ceremony.
“This year, the event is billed to hold virtually and set to host influential Africans in business, politics, and all spheres of African leadership spectrum”, the statement added.
Giving more details on the selection process, the magazine stated: “The African Leadership Magazine Persons of the Year which is in its 9th year is an annual award reserved for distinguished Africans, who have blazed the trail in the year under review. A shortlist of nominees are selected from results gathered via a Call for the nomination – traditionally promoted via paid online and offline campaigns across the continent, Europe, and the Americas. The call for nomination is the first step in a multi-phased process.”
Like the saying goes, you will never value of what you have until you lose it. Many Nigerians especially the country’s leaders Criticized the former Nigeria president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan over failed governorment. The northern region accused the president of being responsible for all the Killings in the north. Many even forged an allegation against him that he was responsible for the sponsorship of the Boko Haram terrorists to kill and destroy the north.
Many hated him and voted him out of office during the 2015 general election.
Currently, Nigerians are regreting their actions as they’re now seeing the good deeds of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Among those who are regreting their blasphemy against the former president is Senator Ali Ndume, a senator representing Borno South Senatorial district.
The senator has confirmed that he has known the value as well as the landmark that the former Nigeria President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan left in Nigeria including his political landscape after he was dethrone by Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. Speaking at the legislative quarters in Abuja during the grand opening of Dr PhysiQ specialist center for medical wellbeing change and wellness, and launching of a book titled “Everything Heals“, a book which was written by Dr Susana Adams, The Cheif executive officer of the center on Saturday.
Senator Ali Ndume further stated that his detention at Kuje prison and subsequent release from the custody was as a result of the will of God. In his words, he said “as God wants it, that I must be here, because I was just released from detention yesterday night (Friday), maybe God wants me to attend this occasion, otherwise, I would have been in Kuje prison up till now.”
The former Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan who was the chairman of the occasion later inspected the new wellbeing equipment that was brought to the center. He was accompanied by the Nigeria firmer minister of information and culture, Me Labaran Make, Eugenia Abu and many other prominent political leaders.
Before the inspection, Senator Ali Ndume of Borno state disclosed that other individuals who were skeptical about the ex- president’s behaviours have now realized how great he is. He went ahead to add that many Nigerians do not value what they’ve at hand until they lose it. The senator made his remark known a few days after the chairman of the caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention planning committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni and alongside many other APC governors paid a surprise visits to the former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
It was later gathered that the visit generated lots of controversies among the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and their opposition party, APC. The senator said in his speech “I must confess, as people call me stubborn person, I’m also a stubborn person. I feel I need to make this testimony here, and also appreciate Mr.(Former) President, as they say you will never know what you have until you lose it. I will stop there.
“For this country, I think Nigerians know that they don’t value what they have until they lose that thing. We thank God for your life and the change you have brought to the political culture and landscape of this country.
“You don’t know how great you are in the eyes of those that were skeptical, those that don’t know you, those that didn’t come close to you. Honestly, I’m one of those that used to criticize you very well, but I will say it was constructive move,” the lawmaker said.
Boko Haram Trial Matter
The senator representing Borno state senatorial district, Ali Ndume further recalled how Nigerians were throwing insults at the ex-president during his regime and accusing him of sponsoring Boko Haram and Banditary. In his words, the senator said “I had a breakfast with him (Jonathan) on 21st November (2011) and I was accused of sponsoring Boko Haram. He was saying, ‘Kai’ the man doesn’t… I don’t think the security would see it that way and from there, I went to SSS and I was detained for 30 days. I went to court for 6 years.
“And when I was vindicated, I had the opportunity to run to meet him, and he said, Ndume, you have been patient and God has vindicated you. Take this as part of blessings from the Almighty. He was genuinely speaking to me, and I believed in that.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-purple-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">“He wanted to be President but Nigeria being what it is saw it differently. Like I said, he had left a landmark on this country.”“He wanted to be President but Nigeria being what it is saw it differently. Like I said, he had left a landmark on this country.”
At the end of the meeting, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan thank Nigerians for realizing that he never have an hands to all the accusations that was thrown at him in few years back.
It is better to lose power and gain honour —Jonathan
<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-purple-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, says it is better to lose power and gain honour.Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, says it is better to lose power and gain honour.
Jonathan, who made this known in a Facebook post on Friday, recommended this ‘philosophy’ to all leaders facing ‘challenging situations at the polls’.
He wrote, “Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any citizen. It is better to gain honour at the cost of losing power than to gain power at the cost of losing honour.
“At any point in time, the power of love should matter more than the love of power.
“This is my philosophy. I have lived it. It has brought great peace to both my beloved nation and I. And I recommend it to all leaders facing challenging situations, either in government, or at the polls, or even in their dealings with fellow political actors.”
Jonathan, who sought reelection on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015, had conceded defeat to the incumbent Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of the All Progressives Congress.
Although Jonathan was not specific about the world ‘leaders’ he made the recommendation to, his statement was made at a time when the United States is electing a new President to lead the nation for another four years.
The incumbent American President, Donald Trump, and his Democrat challenger Joe Biden are presently slugging it out at the polls but the electoral college votes are tilting in favour of Biden who is some figures shy from the magic number of 270.
The Republican candidate has, however, been alleging fraud in the voting process. Trump has also threatened that the election would end up at the US Supreme Court.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the use of deadly force against citizens could only aggravate tensed situations than assuage it.
He also called on Nigerian leaders to understand that “a nation can never win a battle against its own people.”
Jonathan stated this in response to the shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters in Lagos State on Tuesday by men in Nigerian Army uniform.
The former leader condemned the incident in a statement on Thursday he entitled “A call for Peace”.
The statement read, “My heart goes out to the families of young Nigerians who have lost their lives in the past days as a result of # protests. May God grant them the fortitude they need at this difficult time. It has been a difficult time to me as well.
“Nation-building is a collective task that involves the genuine efforts of all patriotic citizens; old or young. Our country cannot afford to lose the lives of our youth who we look up to take over leadership and continue our nation’s journey to greatness.
“As leaders, we must understand that a nation can never win a battle against its own people.
“Thus, the use of deadly force against citizens only aggravates tense situations rather than assuage it. We must therefore move away from battlegrounds to middle grounds in our individual and national life. This, I believe, epitomises the essence of democracy.
“I condemn any unnecessary loss of life and urge efforts to be stepped up to ensure that there is no such reoccurrence.
Ex-Niger Delta warlord, Alhaji Asari Dokubo in a fiery 8:57 minutes video on his Facebook page on Sunday, addressed Niger Deltans participating in the nationwide #ENDSARS protest which he described as a waste of time.
He said: “There is nothing to restructure or remodel about Nigeria. Instead of wasting our (Niger Deltans) time in cooperating with the Yorubas and Igbos in ENDSARS or restructuring protests, the only solution as Niger Delta people is to team together with the Ogonis and the Igbos and Efiks and reinvent Biafra because nobody can oppress the Ijaw man in Biafra.
“What we need to do is to seek ye first the political kingdom and every other thing will be added to you because you will control and hold your oil.
“Anything else is not going to work unless we stand up and fight for Biafra. Anybody talking about restructuring, Niger Delta republic or an Ibo Biafra is an enemy of our people because biafra most surely come whether you like it or not.
He also lamented the poor funding of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC compared to the North East Development Commission, NEDC stating that regard less of the debit owed the NDDC by multi-national oil companies for the development of the region, the Federal Government has failed to do anything in ensuring that the debts are paid to the agency.
Asari also cautioned former President Goodluck Jonathan not to fall for calls by emissaries beckoning on him to run for the 2023 presidential election.
Despite being a strong supporter of Dr Goodluck while in and out of office, Asari who expressed displeasure over his consistent visits to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, used unprintable words on the former president who he lampooned for consistently visiting the Presidential Villa.
He said: “Goodluck Jonathan is now fooling himself running around to Aso Rock thinking that they are going to give him the presidency come 2023.
”They are not going to give you (Jonathan) anything. They will disgrace you and take away that small respect that you have and throw you in the trash can. But we are watching, let them prove us wrong and let us see.”
Sequel to the ongoing nationwide protest against the disbanded SARS operatives, a former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, finally lend his voice on the surprising attack on peaceful protesters in some state.
Goodluck Jonathan who has been on peace mission to a troubled African country, Mali, for the pass few weeks said that no Nigerian blood needs to be spilled or life lost during a peaceful protest that seeks to advance the country.
Speaking further, while counseling the concerned authorities, added that the citizens of the country may hold different views on national issues, but there is no doubt that most people desire the same thing for Nigeria, that is, a place where all Nigerians can live out the full potential of our God-given abilities.
I implore everyone to exercise restraint as we walk through these challenging times. He concluded.
Consequently, diverse reactions have been trailing the ex-President’s statement, as many implore him to recontest for Presidency if possible.
Recall that Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 Presidential general election to the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the ex-President, was known for his famous quote, “No Nigerian blood is worth my re-election”.