ECOWAS leaders attending the just ended 47th Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government in the Ghanaian capital, Accra have paid a vibrant tribute to their outgoing colleague, strongman and great democrat, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the determination demonstrated during his tenure as Head of State and for the necessary reforms he undertook for the development of his country.
According to a Dispatch from Accra, Ghana, the special tribute was delivered by the Chair of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers and Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Madam Hannah Tetteh.
She expressed gratitude on behalf ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government for his outstanding contribution to deepening of integration process in West Africa and the preservation of peace and security in our region particularly in the qualities he demonstrated as the ECOWAS Authority and Chairperson of the Regional Contact Group on Guinea Bissau and Co-member in the Malian crisis.
The statement further expressed warmest congratulations for President Jonathan’s exemplary democratic behavior expected of a Statesman that contributed in a decisive way to the maintenance of peace that followed the publication of the results of the presidential elections of March 28.
Heads of State of the Authority however conveyed their goodwill to President Jonathan for all his future undertakings at the end of his noble mission as head of his country.
In remarks, the outgoing Nigerian democratic icon thanked his colleagues for the honor bestowed upon him by recognizing his modest contribution to the Authority. While admitting that the 47th Ordinary Session was his last as President, he assured Member States of his availability to offer whatever assistance possible.
He said he was humbled to express appreciation for the level of cooperation received and called on ECOWAS leaders to extend similar gesture to his successor, President-elect, Mohammadou Bhuri.