Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan has been given the Diplomatic Circles Honour Award for upholding human rights in Africa making him the first president from the continent to receive the global accolade.
Dr Jonathan, who will receive the honour in Geneva, Switzerland on January 21 next year at the group’s annual dinner, will also deliver the keynote address at the event.
Diplomatic Circle, a group of global diplomats have decided to honour Dr Jonathan for his role in Nigeria’s peaceful transition during the last elections.
Earlier this year, a public policy organisation on African affairs, the Africa Political and Economic Strategic Centre, had also nominated Dr Jonathan for the Nobel Peace Prize. It stated that the peaceful way he conceded victory to President Muhammadu Buhari in the general election as the reason that he deserves the attention of Nobel Peace Prize committee.
In addition, the group noted that although Dr Jonathan’s act might have not promoted fraternity between nations as required of a Nobel Peace Prize winner but he promoted fraternal peace among Nigerians by conceding power. Dr Jonathan prevented any rancour in Nigeria by conceding defeat to President Buhari after the last election, even before the results were announced.