Okowa Salutes Jonathan at 64, Says Ex-president Helped to Deepen Democracy in Africa

Okowa Salutes Jonathan at 64, Says Ex-president Helped to Deepen Democracy in Africa

  • Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has commended Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for his sterling endeavours in peace and international mediations across Africa
  • The Delta state governor made the comment while felicitating with the former Nigerian president on his 64th birthday
  • The governor stated that Jonathan has contributed a huge quota in deepening the democratic culture in Africa

Asaba - Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan as he clocks 64 years on Saturday, November 20.

In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, Okowa commended the former Nigerian president for his sterling endeavours in peace and international mediations across Africa.

Okowa and Jonathan
Okowa says Jonathan's impact in Nigeria and Africa can never be forgotten. Photo credit: Delta state government
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He said that Jonathan’s meteoric rise in international diplomacy and entrenchment of peace and democracy in the continent had been impactful and resonating.

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The governor remarked that the former president’s spectacular role as ECOWAS Peace Envoy in Mali remained outstanding and laudable.

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According to him, Jonathan’s exemplary conduct and peaceful disposition aided the deep institutionalisation of democracy and the improvement of elections, particularly in Nigeria, through his personal sacrifice and leadership by example.

Part of the statement read:

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate our leader and ebullient statesman, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as he celebrates his 64th birth anniversary.
“Your Excellency, it gives me pleasure to celebrate you for your laudable role in deepening democracy in our dear country and Africa.
“Your administration will long be remembered as the government that practised rule of law and respected freedom of expression which has long become an 'expensive commodity,' if not 'off-the-shelf' in recent times in our polity.

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“As our dear former President clocks 64 years today, it is my prayer and that of numerous Nigerians, that God will continue to strengthen you in your commitment to ensuring greater peace, good governance, and enduring democracy in Nigeria and Africa.”

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Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with his immediate predecessor, former President Goodluck Jonathan, on his 64th birthday anniversary.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari congratulated Jonathan for serving the country and working for the peace and advancement of democracy in Africa.

He said Jonathan had continued to expand the boundaries of leadership by teaching many in the country the power of focus, consistency, and diligence, having served in different capacities.

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Jonathan made this known shortly after meeting Buhari behind the closed-door at the presidential villa, Abuja.

President Buhari had in July 2020 approved the naming of the railway complex in Agbor, the operational hub of Itakpe-Warri rail line, after Jonathan.

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