Wednesday, 22 April 2015

ECOWAS Chairman, President, John Dramani Mahama commends President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship.

President Jonathan with President Mahama of Ghana, State House, #Tuesday April 21., Photo: Reuben Abati fb

ECOWAS Chairman, Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship, in conceding defeat to the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari in the last general election in Nigeria.

According to Voice of Nigeria,The Ghanaian leader made this commendation in his address to the  State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with  President Goodluck Jonathan in the State House, Abuja.

 He  described President Jonathan's decision to accept defeat as a show of maturity which has earned him respect from across the world.
 President Jonathan welcoming President Mahama of Ghana to State House, Tuesday. April 21.(Photo: Reuben Abati, FB Photo)
"I paid this visit in my capacity as the Chair of the ECOWAS to extend our commendation and congratulations to the people of Nigeria following a very successful election that you had recently.

"If you recall, before the elections, on behalf of the authority of ECOWAS, I gave a solidarity message to Nigerians to step up and consolidate your democracy by having a peaceful, free and transparent election.
"And I believe that the whole world is congratulating you on the peace and stability that has continued to endure both before, during and after the election.

"I also took the opportunity to commend him for the statesmanship that was displayed after the election. We all knew that he congratulated president-elect Buhari after the election and he accept defeat.

"I feel that was a very great sign of maturity and has earned the respect of all Nigerians and the respect of the international community for all what he did,"
he said.
"We expect a smooth transition and possibly the role that Nigeria plays in the ECOWAS being the biggest economy not only in our sub region but in the whole continent. Nigeria is a very important member of our sub region and we expect that Nigeria will continue to play this prominent role in the ECOWAS sub region.

"Of course there is a special relation that exists between Nigeria and Ghana too and so as the president of Ghana, I wish to congratulate our brothers and sisters in Nigeria on what has been a very good election.

"Ghana and Nigeria will continue to hold a special relations and be very close to each other.We share the same values and more often than not, we agree on international issues and we will continue to share that relationship and I'm sure it will make the bonds between our countries stronger,"
 the ECOWAS Chairman noted.
The Ecowas Chairman,  expressed confidence that Nigeria with its huge economic and political influence in the West African region as well as the African continent would continue to play leading role. 

He said he would do all within his powers to ensure the sustenance of the socio-cultural and bilateral relationship between his country and Nigeria.
Source: Voice of Nigeria

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