Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku yesterday said Nigerians owed President Goodluck Jonathan a debt of gratitude for the way and manner he handled the just concluded general elections.
Anyaoku, who is the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations, spoke after a breakfast meeting with President Jonathan at the State House, Abuja.
He opined that Jonathan’s magnanimity in calling to congratulate the president-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), even before the final results of the presidential elections were called, was praise-worthy.
According to him, that singular act earned Nigeria a great deal of admiration and respect globally.
Anyaoku explained that the meeting would be the last that Jonathan would hold with members of the council.
“We had an excellent valedictory meeting. It is the last for our council; it is the last we are meeting with the outgoing president.
“We told him that our nation, Nigeria, owes him a huge debt of gratitude for what he has done in terms of the success of the elections and above all in terms of the gesture of picking up the telephone and congratulating the President-elect even before the final results of the elections were announced.
“That singular act has earned our country a great deal of admiration and respect abroad. We thanked him and congratulated him and wished him well in his future endeavour,” he said.

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