The rewards for conceding defeat and being the first African incumbent president to do so cannot seem to stop pouring in for former president Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The man of peace who has since risen to become a global icon for the peaceful handover to President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29 has been recognized by yet another international organization.
On the 21st January, 2016, the former Nigerian leader will be honored by the Diplomatic Circle in Switzerland. The unique thing about this recognition is that he will be the first African president to be given such honor by the highly respected body. And the reason for this feat, they say is for “his democratic credentials” and for “upholding human rights in Africa.”
This is coming, just months after the African Political and Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL), a public policy organisation on African affairs, recommended him for the Nobel Peace Prize. According to the group:
“He may have not promoted fraternity between nations but he surely promotes fraternal peace among Nigerians by conceding power,” the group noted referring to the peaceful way he left the seat of power amid bloody options.
The event is set to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, at the annual dinner of the Diplomatic Circle, in which Goodluck Jonathan has been scheduled to deliver a keynote address.