Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, on Tuesday, said Nigerians owed President Goodluck Jonathan a debt of gratitude for his roles in the conduct of successful elections this year.
Anyaoku, who is chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations, spoke after a breakfast meeting with Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He noted that Jonathan’s magnanimity in calling the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), on the telephone to congratulate him, even before the final results of the presidential elections were announced, was highly commendable.
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 out-going 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 andcongratulated him and wished him well in his future endeavor,”Anyaoku said.