Leadership (Abuja)

15 November 2012

Nigeria: Abdulsalami Abubakar Champion of Democracy - Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, described former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar(rtd) as a lover, builder, friend and champion of democracy, and also a patriot, statesman and a bridge builder.

President Jonathan stated this, yesterday, in Abuja at the book presentation of the times and legacy of former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (GCFR, CGS), titled "The Liberal and Evolution to Stable Democracy in Nigeria," written by Abdullahi Modibbo Umar.

The President, who was represented by the Vice President, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo at the occasion, noted that the former Head of State, against all odds, midwifed the successful return of Nigeria to democracy in 1999, and said that "little wonder, his membership of several international negotiations, mediation, peace and conflict resolution committees."

President Jonathan, who said that the conduct of the 1999 elections by the former Head of State, helped usher in a democratic process which is gradually maturing by the day, also stated that "he among others allowed the independence of the electoral umpire, created an enabling environment for political parties to evolve through genuine participation, robust political belief and principles. This feat really placed the cynics at their proper place who postulated that no successful transition could ever be achieved."

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 Leadership. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.