Cheers all over as ECOWAS bids Jonathan farewell

By Post Nigeria May 19, 2015 18:56

Cheers all over as ECOWAS bids Jonathan farewell

The ECOWAS Heads of State and Governments on Tuesday lauded President Goodluck Jonathan for his unrelenting commitment towards the maintenance of peace and stability in, Sub-saharan Africa as the commission bid him farewell

President John Mahama of Ghana, the Chairman of ECOWAS who spoke during the summit described Jonathan’s conduct in the aftermath of the elections as “a personal show of mature statesmanship.”

The one-day summit was Mr. Jonathan’s valedictory appearance at the regional summit, as President of Nigeria, before the May 29 inauguration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

“I believe that his name (Jonathan) will be recorded in a special place when the history of Nigeria’s democracy will be written.

“Let me also on this occasion salute Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, for his victory in the presidential election,” Mahama said.

The ECOWAS Chairman called on Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Guinea to replicate the electoral success that was experienced in Nigeria and Togo

He was optimistic that with the conduct of the elections in Nigeria and Togo, West Africa had shown the world that the region could become a “world leader” in democratic governance.

Also speaking the ECOWAS President Kadre Ouedraogo said “In speaking particularly to President Jonathan, I wish to assure him that the commission will never forget his crucial contribution in the management and resolution of the crises in Guinea Bissau, Mali and Burkina Faso.

“As well as in the fight against the Ebola Virus disease, among other challenging matters

“I am confident that nothing will come to make us forget the great pride Nigeria has brought us only a few weeks ago.

Also, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, praised Nigeria’s effort in maintaining peace and security in West Africa sub-region

Mr. Chambas said under President Jonathan’s watch, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, have continued to collaborate in the fight against Boko Haram.

He paid tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and offered condolences to their families.