Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan was on Thursday (January 14th) honored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Atlanta, Georgia. He was awarded with the Presidential Award in recognition of his leadership in advancing human rights, social justice and the fight for universal freedom by Dr. Charles Steele Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and the executive of the SCLC.
The Conference, founded by the late American Civil Right leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in January 1957 is currently led by Dr. Charles Steele Jr. The event is part of the activities leading up to the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday, January 18th, 2016.
Goodluck Jonathan also met with Naomi King, the sister of the late American Civil Rights leader and founder of the SCLC, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who attended the event and identified with the goals and aspirations of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. It was a great occasion as Jonathan opined that the honor will inspire him to do further humanitarian work.
Former President Jonathan is the first African leader to be so honored. Jonathan also received Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s sister, Naomi King during the event.
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan since leaving office last year, has received both local and international awards and added to his international honorary accolades.
Before his remarks at the event, Jonathan met privately with the president of the SCLC, Dr. Charles Steele Jr., who proposed to work with the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to advance the cause of peace around the world and to bridge the gap between people of color in the Diaspora and Africa.
In his response, Former President Jonathan said his vision is to help stabilize and promote democracy and peace in Africa. Stating further that without peace you cannot have economic progress.
He revealed that this was the reason he pushed for Nigeria’s intervention to ensure peace in various African nations such as Côte d’Ivoire while he was in office. Goodluck Jonathan expressed his gratitude to the SCLC for inviting him and declared that it was “virtually impossible to separate this worthy body from its founder, the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or from epoch making landmark events of the American Civil Rights movement.”