The accolades and awards just keep pouring in for immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan.
Jonathan has been awarded the honor of being the African Leadership Magazine Person of the Year for 2015.
The former president beat Bola Tinubu; national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Strive Masiyiwa, founder, ECONET Wireless; Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holding; Akinwumi Adesina, president, African Development Bank and Koffi Anan, former UN secretary general in the process.
The announcement was made award by Cletus Wortoson, former pro tempore president of the Liberian senate and chairman of the 2015 African Leadership Person of the Year selection committee.
In a letter addressed to Jonathan, Wortoson said: “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.
“In adopting you as our choice, we placed a very high premium on your commitment towards deepening democracy on the continent – a characteristic which is uncommon among most African leaders at the highest level today.
“Chief among the many factors we considered was your efforts towards promoting good governance in Africa through the promotion of free and fair elections across the continent.
“Your recent assignment to Tanzania received accolades and international acclaim, because you discharged the responsibility most creditably.
“We resolved that 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.
“The board is fully persuaded that you have served your country, Nigeria, meritoriously, conducted a free and fair election, in which you lost and yet conceded defeat, a development seeing by many in the continent as historical.
“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.”
Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian president and Nobel prize winner, John Kuffour, former president of Ghana, Mo Ibrahim of the Mo Ibrahim foundation, Oba Otudeko, chairman Honeywell Group, and Serena Williams are all former winners of the prestigious award.