President of the Republic of Niger, Alhaji Mahamadou Issoufou, says President Goodluck Jonathan’s conduct during and after the presidential election is a model for Africa’s democracy.
Issoufou, who stated this after a closed-door meeting with President Jonathan at Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, described the Jonathan’s gesture as an evidence of his statesmanship, maturity and humility.
The Nigerien leader, who spoke in French, said Jonathan’s conduct in the aftermath of the polls was also worthy of emulation by other African leaders.
The Nigerien leader also expressed appreciation to Jonathan numerous contributions to the security, economy and infrastructural development of West Africa.
He said that having worked with Jonathan at bilateral and multilateral levels in the past four years, and seen how he conducted himself in office, it was no surprise that he made immense contributions before leaving office.
According to him, other heads of state are indeed pleased with Jonathan for this good leadership quality.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that since the conclusion of the presidential election, the Presidents of Chad, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Benin Republic had paid farewell visits to Jonathan.
The presidents all commended him for peacefully conceding victory to his main challenger and now president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.