Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has bagged the award of African Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020.
Dr. Jonathan was honoured on Friday alongside the African leaders by the UK-based African Leadership Magazine for his outstanding contributions to peace in the continent.
The investiture ceremony was a virtual one titled: ‘Intentional Leadership: Rethinking Development Priorities in Africa’.
“Today, at the 9th edition of the African Leadership Person of the Year Awards, I was honoured as the African Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020.
“I thank African Leadership Magazine for recognising my modest contributions to peace in Africa,” Mr Jonathan posted on his verified Twitter and Facebook account.
It is not the first time that the ECOWAS special envoy will bag such award, as he was awarded in 2015 by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) as its “Peace Loving Global Citizen” for his decision to accept the result of the 2015 Presidential poll.
Mr. Jonathan has embarked on different peacekeeping missions to countries in the continent, since he lost out of the 2015 presidential race. The latest of such mission was his appointment by ECOWAS to head its mediation mission to Mali after a military coup.
He led the 2019 African Union (AU) continental body’s Election Observation Mission to Mozambique and Tanzania, a role he replicated for EISA in the last South Africa election.
Other persons also named as the magazine’s Persons of the Year 2020 in different categories include Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo, ex-President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, Tedros Ghebreyesus and South Africa’s former first lady, Graca Machel.