Hate him or love him, one thing is for sure, Goodluck Jonathan is the president of the most populous black nation in the world, Nigeria. Time Magazine, recently released its annual list of ‘100 most influential people in the world for 2012, and our dear president made the list.
Also on list is Barrack Obama, Lionel Messi, Rihanna, Adele, Hillary Clinton and more.
In the words of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia:
“Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan exemplifies the African political renaissance at a time when the people of the continent are starting to reap the fruit of their resources and their hard work. President Jonathan, 54, possesses the qualities needed at this moment of great challenges, having come to power at a crucial moment in the history of Nigeria. The country has grown out of its past of corruption, mismanagement and brutality, but the foundation of good governance is still fragile.
In two short years, President Jonathan has shown the same dexterity he demonstrated as governor of Bayelsa, the same ability to find the remedies to the many complexities of running a nascent democracy. He has spearheaded the fight against corruption and turned Nigeria into an example of good governance. He has also made a significant impact on consolidating peace and security in West Africa. From the onset of our own crisis, Liberia has benefitted from the support of Nigeria. President Jonathan not only upheld the trend but added to it. With leaders like President Jonathan, Africa is sure to move toward prosperity, freedom and dignity for all of its people.”