Jonathan Named International Person of the Year, Says Nigeria Shall Overcome Challenges

Buhari_Jonathan_VisitFormer President Goodluck Jonathan, who was named International Persons of the Year, has stated that Nigeria will survive in 2016 regardless of the seeming problems before her.

The African Sun Times, Africa’s number one and largest newspaper in America, had announced Dr. Jonathan, as its International Persons of the Year

In his New Year message posted on his Facebook page, Jonathan also expressed optimism for peace, prosperity and unity of the citizenry.

He wrote: “In the 80s, our people sang and danced to the hit song ‘Nigeria go survive’. I am convinced that in 2016, Nigeria will not only survive, she will also thrive and help drive the peace, prosperity and unity of all her people.”

He urged Nigerians to make 2016 a turning point year by embracing one another and working as a team to advance the nation’s frontiers in all fields of human endeavour.

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“On behalf of my family and I, I would like to wish all Nigerians a Happy New Year.

“We are all brothers and sisters born from the womb of one Nigeria and as I have said previously, we would not be Nigerians if God did not will it.

 “Having found ourselves as Nigerians by the divine providence of God, let us celebrate our Nigerianness and make 2016 our turning point year in which we embrace each other and work as a team to advance the frontiers of Nigeria in every field of human endeavour”, Jonathan said.
The African Sun Times categories of awards chosen this year include International Person of the Year, African Statesman of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Company of the Year, Pan-African Person of the Year, Diaspora Person of the Year, Most Influential Person of the Year Under 40, and the African Tourism Ambassador of the Year.

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“Dr. Jonathan, who shocked the whole world by swiftly calling current Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and conceding his defeat in the March 29 Nigerian presidential election, thereby stopping the predictions of violent bloodshed in Nigeria, and keeping his words that he would not allow the blood of a Nigerian to be shed to further his political ambitions.

“President Jonathan must be applauded for creating a solid foundation for the growth of democracy in Africa.
“The world has started to recognize President Jonathan’s courageous act,”The African Sun Times wrote.


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