Democratic credentials of former President Goodluck Jonathan have received yet another boost with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the United States recognizing him as the leader that provided the best moments for democracy in Africa in 2015.
In its “The Year in Review” report for 2015, the Center highlighted Nigeria’s 2015 elections and praised Jonathan’s classy role in ensuring a smooth transfer of power in Nigeria which “became a big confidence boost for Africa’s mass movements for democracy.”
A release issued by Jonathan’s media aide, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze stated that the assessment was contained in two perspectives on elections and implications for Africa and U.S.-Africa relations presented Mr. Nii Akuetteh, democracy activist and the current Executive Director of the African Immigrants Caucus, AIC, and Mr. Olusegun Sotola, Senior Researcher with the think tank, Initiative for Public Policy Analysis, IPPA.
Mr. Akuetteh praised Jonathan for the position he took against violence and commended for saving the day by conceding to his challenger President Muhammadu Buhari and pledging a smooth handover of power.
He stated: “Unquestionably, Nigeria’s recent embrace of democracy and Jonathan’s classy role define Africa’s most important – and uplifting – story of 2015. Africa and the world should give thanks.”
On his part, Olusegun Sotola described the 2015 election as a significant milestone in the country’s democracy, signposting several emerging positive trends in Africa.
“Nigeria’s stature in the region, the willingness of the incumbent to concede power and not manipulate the process matters a great deal,” said Sotalo.
Sotola further narrated how African leaders were known for attempting to manipulate the electoral process to lengthen their stay in office.
“The electoral histories of African countries are replete with post-election violence caused by the unwillingness of the ruling party or the incumbent to relinquish power.”
Both Akuetteh and Sotola agreed that former President Jonathan’s handling of the election helped eliminate the possibility looming havoc in the country.
Annually, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars reviews critical and monumental events that happened on the continent of Africa in its: “The Year in Review” report.

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