The former President Goodluck Jonathan was named the personality of the year by the editorial board of Vanguard beating National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former United Nations Secretary General, Koffi Anan.
Jonathan who is said to have merit the award due to his behaviour towards a peaceful conclusion of the 2015 election to have made Nigeria join the League of Nations with democratic behaviour
According to the newspaper, “Almost everything that could be written about him has probably been written but he stands out as a Torchbearer because he not only conceded defeat before the final tally of the votes, but because, by that singular act, Dr Jonathan threw doomsayers off balance by declaring that his political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. “This is profound because it is against the grain of political experience in Nigeria for an incumbent to lose election. By this, Dr. Jonathan earned for himself a reserve space among the world’s better appreciated statesmen.”
In a statement published on his Facebook page on Thursday, April 7, Jonathan expressed gratitude for the award and noted that Nigerians were more deserving this honour. “I thank the editorial board of Vanguard Newspaper for honoring me as their personality of the year 2016. “I believe that the people of Nigeria are more deserving of this honour than I am and thus dedicate it to my countrymen and women. May God bless Nigeria. GEJ.” Earlier this year, Jonathan was named the “International Person of the Year” by The African Sun Times. The-president thanked 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.
Moreso,that ex-President Jonathan also became the first African leader to win the Martin Luther King human rights award.