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In Washington DC, Obasanjo Says Jonathan’s Defeat Good for Africa  

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

Ayo Balogun, Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat during the just concluded presidential election is good for Africa even as he claimed that African leaders were happy with the results of the election.

Speaking at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC, Obasanjo said Jonathan would have collapsed Nigeria if not stopped by  Nigerians through the presidential polls adding that the election “has moved Nigeria one very important step up in our democracy.”

His words:  “I have visited six countries since the election, they are  happy about the results. It is good not only for Nigeria, it is good for Africa and I believe it is good for the world.

”What if African statespersons made a coordinated effort, measured against concrete benchmarks, to strategically learn from their own scorecards to help implement home-grown solutions for leadership, governance and succession in government, business and civil society sectors”

On the development of Africa, Obasanjo said  If the world is ” truly committed to invigorating conversations about an Africa-focused, Africa-led and Africa-driven framework for substantive self-determination and sustainable development, it is important to rethink and reframe how we situate Africa at the centre of inquiry.”


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