Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has beaten former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former United Nations Secretary General, Koffi Anan, to clinch the African Leadership Magazine Person of the Year, 2015. – Vanguard
A while back, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was accorded Africa’s international person of the year by African Sun Times, the largest American based African newspaper. The honorary title which was given for his democratic conduct during the last Nigerian general elections did not go down well with some people. However many others do see the merit behind the award.
For one, it is usually impossible to defeat a contesting incumbent political leader; at least not in the African system, else there will be no cases of sit-tight syndrome presidents in Africa. The likes of President Mugabe who has postponed retirement till he is at least 100-years old and José Eduardo Dos Santos whose proposed retirement we anticipate come 2017.
Taking a look at Burundi and Burkina Faso who have been in the news more recently over power tussle, it is not rocket science to see reasons for all these conferments. If the former Nigerian president had his way as speculated, the Nigerian situation will be a lot worse than the terrorists are making it to be.
For that single but powerful reason, African Leadership Magazine, after due assessment of other deserving nominees – Tonu Elumelu, Kofi Anan, Strive Masiyiwa, Akinwunmi Adesina & Bola Tinubu – found none other but Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to take home the award.
There is no one best suited at the moment than your excellency, to advise the continent’s leaders on the merits of good governance and enduring democracy”. Your popular mantra of ‘one man one vote’ and ‘my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian,’ is a message that must be preached loud and clear on the continent, hence our endorsement. It is with great pleasure that I bring you the news of your selection as the African Leadership Magazine Person of the Year, 2015. – GEJ’s Conferment letter
Past winners of this award are Serena Williams, John Kuffour, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mo Ibrahim and Oba Otudeko. Did you also know that GEJ is the first African leader to win the Martin Luther King human rights award?