“I believe that my people, the Nigerian people, are more deserving of this honour,” Goodluck Jonthan noted.
In a statement published on his official Facebook page on
Monday, January 4, the ex-president expressed gratitude to Africa’s number one and largest newspaper in the USA and noted that he understands why this medium might have thought him worthy of such an honour.
“I thank The African Sun Times for naming me as its International Person of the year, 2015. I am indeed humbled by this honour. When I think about it, I understand why this medium may have thought me worthy of such an honour.
“However, I believe that my people, the Nigerian people, are more deserving of this honour.We, the Nigerian people put to shame naysayers and prophets of doom and in 2015, we held a most transparent, violence free and credible elections that transferred power from one political party to another and from an incumbent to the opposition, without rancour, bitterness or strife.
“In the process, we proved that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian or any national of any country for that matter. That to me, is a most worthy testimonial of the character of the Nigerian nation and the resilience of our people which is why I dedicate this honour to them.
“May God continue to bless Nigeria and Nigerians. GEJ,” the statement read.