By Ibidapo Balogun
A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), has described President Goodluck Jonathan as the new hero of democracy in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, after the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and late business mogul, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, the hero of June 12, 1993 presidential election.
The group said President Jonathan had taken the uncommon courage to take uncommon decision in a democratic struggle towards the stability of the nation.
The rights group said President Jonathan had shamed his critics, especially former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his co-travellers who had earlier claimed that Jonathan planned to turn the country to Cote’De voire under former President Gbagbo who refused to yield power after he lost an election, leading to lost of many lives in that country.
The group added that Obasanjo and his allies who castigated President Jonathan earlier to score cheap political points, should bury their faces in shame for the giant step of President Jonathan to allow the nation’s interest to prevail over and above his personal interest.
It said this is unlike Obasanjo who came up with a do-or die- election in 2007, making the country a political jungle.
All over the world, people have been pouring encomiums on President Jonathan over his action on the just-concluded presidential election where he conceded defeat to his arch rival from All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), saying that Jonathan has raised his head high among the world leaders.
The group said Jonathan had re-written the history of black race on a democratic ethos among the continents of the world.
In a statement issued and signed by the Centre’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, a copy was made available to newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday after the emergency meeting of the group, it insisted that Jonathan unlike Obasanjo, had surpassed his predecessors in office as African renowned and reliable democrat of the century.
According to the statement: “It is not surprising us that President Jonathan took an unprecedented and uncommon decision of conceding defeat to his opponent, General Buhari, despite the glaring electoral malpractices in the process, before the nation’s electoral body formally announced the presidential election results.
“At this point, we should remember Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, Dr. Nelson Mandela of South Africa and the late legal luminary and social crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who God used through his sound legal mind to open and widen the political space which allows the operation of multi-political system for the country”.