Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Nigeria’s former aviation minister under Goodluck Jonathan, has congratulated his former boss as he celebrates his 59th birthday, calling him a selfless leader who is committed to the peace, growth and development of Nigeria.
Issuing a press statement to the media yesterday, the former minister described Jonathan as an exemplary leader whom in a quest to ensure the continued unity of Nigeria, conceded defeat to president Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
The statement reads in part “Happy 56th birthday to President Goodluck Jonathan, a man of honor and peace and one that has brought so much joy and hope to millions.
“You have proved to the world that African leaders can be competent, kind, gentle, humane and selfless.
“You have everything to be proud of and much still lies ahead for you in the affairs of our nation.
“You are the light amidst the darkness: a man that was prepared to let go of power whilst others crave for it, abuse it and are obsessed with it.
“Had it not been for that single and historic decision that you made to conceede the election last year and congratulate your opponent, Nigeria would have been plunged into a cauldron of fire and the greatest and most bloody civil war that the world has ever known.
“You let go not because you lost but because you wanted to deny those that have been afflicted with an insatiable blood lust and that take delight in carnage and violence the opportunity to unleash hell on Nigeria and slaughter millions of innocent souls.”
Fani-Kayode said Nigeria, Africa and indeed the entire world, will never forget the contribution of the former president to the lasting peace and harmony the country is witnessing.