Former president Jonathan at US Presidential Precinct…(photos)
Former President Jonathan, who arrived the United States
Monday as a guest of the Presidential Precinct, Challotsville
Virginia, has assured the international community that
African leaders are displaying more commitment to
democracy and good governance, as a means of
engendering sustainable development and improving the
lives of the people.
President Jonathan who arrived the institute accompanied
by a delegation from the Nigerian Embassy in Washington,
also advocated the readiness of Nigeria and Africa for the
sustenance of democratic principles, peace and people-
He was received by Francois Baird, Chairman of the
Presidential Precinct Board. The Presidential Precinct, a
foremost global institution designed to empower the next
generation of leaders, is currently hosting Jonathan for his
role in Nigeria’s smooth democratic transition, especially
with the seamless handover of power from the ruling party
to the opposition.
was received by former Governor Jerry Baliles of Virginia
and Francois Baird Chairman of the Presidential Precint
Board. His hosts described him as a ‘Hero of Democracy’ in
Africa, a nation builder and sustainer of true democratic
principles and good governance.
While in the United States, Jonathan is billed to be hosted
by other strategic US pro-democracy institutions where he
would be sharing his experience on peaceful and transparent
elections as well as the future of Africa’s democracy. The
Presidential Precinct is a consortium uniting six American
landmark institutions – four of America’s most important
historic sites and two of the country’s most outstanding
second oldest university), the University of Virginia, William
Short’s Morven, and the homes of three Founding
Fathers;President Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, President
James Madison’s Montpelier and President James
Monroe’s Ash-Lawn Highland.
Jonathan has hit the international circuit lately, with last’s
week’s appointment by Commonwealth to lead negotiations
for the resolution of the political stalemate in Zanzibar,
coming as his latest high profile assignment.
It followed his leadership of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) to
last month’s Tanzania general election which came as an
affirmation of the former President’s towering status as the
moral face of democracy and transparent polling in Africa.