The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, on Tuesday declared that President Jonathan’s decision to call President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to congratulate him even before the final results of the presidential elections were announced has earned Nigeria a great deal of respect globally.
He also said that Nigerians owed President Goodluck Jonathan a debt of gratitude for spearheading the conduct of a free and fair elections.
Speaking after a breakfast meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Anyaoku, the former Commonwealth Secretary-General noted that Jonathan’s magnanimity in calling the President-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to congratulate him even before the final results of the presidential elections were announced was commendable.
He said that singular act earned Nigeria a great deal of admiration and respect globally, even as he hinted that the breakfast meeting would be the last that Jonathan would hold with members of the council.
Anyaoku said: “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”.