The former President Goodluck Jonathan along with US Congresswoman, Karen Bass, a ranking member on the Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights were the special guests at the Howard university event entitled, ‘Elections and constitutions in Africa: A Timely issue.’
The former president who is no doubt turning into a global symbol for everybody to emulate, while concluding his two-week visit to the United states gave a stirring speech to students of the Howard University School of Political Science. Speaking practically at the meeting with students of the school, he mentors the future leaders on the skills required for responsible and sensible leadership.
Jonathan who undeniably often calls for unity and huge respect for democracy at every chance he has urged the students to welcome civil education emphasizing that such knowledge will give a leg up for sustainable democracy, and provide the necessary tools youths in general needed to become responsible citizens.
His warm powerful advise spurred the youths to focus on the things that will lead to growth and sustainability of democracy — such as acquiring the skills that will make them capable, reliable and rational leaders in time to come.
Jonathan’s speech made a mention of different aspects of leadership and he went on to express how delighted he was to have been given the opportunity to speak at the same Howard University which played a significant role in educating Nigeria’s first President, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.
He further described Africa as the “bright continent”, drawing attention to the fact that stability and good governance are the two key factors for peace and advancement on the continent and then extended thanks to the institution for the habit of instilling democratic culture in youths.
Besides urging the youth at Howard university, the ex Nigerian president also took part in the event named “Presidential elections and democratic consolidation in Africa: Case studies on Nigeria and Tanzania” earlier this week.
Addressing the attendees, the former Nigerian leader said that “democracy is being institutionalized in Africa” at a step which assures that the continent would be completely relieved of ongoing electoral problems within the next months.
Here are some of the photos from his USA trip: