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A former United States envoy to Nigeria, Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders, has described President Goodluck Jonathan as the architect of the post-election peace that the country has been enjoying since the conduct of the March 28 general elections. Making this known in her latest article a copy which she sent to LEADERSHIP yesterday, Sanders, an observer during the elections said President Jonathan made a pivotal contribution to post-election peace. She further noted that the president’s concession of defeat was a result of the encouragement he got from ex-Nigerian presidents, religious leaders, and Captains of industry, stressing that the concession was one of the several magnanimous things rarely seen in African politics. Sanders pressed further that President Jonathan’s dispositions towards the election results were hallmarks of a democracy, adding that by doing so, he had paved the way for another unusual thing in Africa which she described as a peaceful transition of power, on May 29. Speaking further, the United States former envoy said post-election atmosphere could have looked much different if the president had not done democratic things. “His actions should be remembered; they were not small acts” she noted. She also made it known that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, deserves high praise for forethought and the mental gymnastics to introduce a range of nano-steps, micro and macro anti-fraud measures (technical) and tactics (sequencing of processes), which made voting as rig-proof as possible. She however said that INEC officials still need more training, and logistics, noting that on-time delivery of materials were real challenges during the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections. On Buhari’s presidency, Sanders said addressing insecurity, corruption, energy needs, and poverty connected to the human indicators of education, health, food security, and job creation were the stated governance pillars for his government. “Buhari has a good circle of immediate advisers around him, many whom I know, and has refashioned himself into today’s democrat. One thing to watch is the length of the honeymoon as expectations are high. This will be up to voters, but at the onset successfully tackling Boko Haram (BH), and playing better with neighbors Niger, Chad, and Cameroon on the BH issue, will help solidify the hope coming out of elections” sahe said. On the April 11, 2015, gubernatorial elections, Sanders said the polls would be another opportunity to consolidate democracy. She added that for non-Nigeria watchers, these elections are equally as important as Nigerian Governors control vast amount of financial resources.

Jonathan, Architect Of Nigeria’s Post-election Peace – Sanders

Jonathan, Architect Of Nigeria’s Post-election Peace – Sanders
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