The just concluded 47th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in Accra, Ghana where President Goodluck Jonathan delivered his last speech as a sitting President.
The ECOWAS Heads of State paid a most touching tribute to the outgoing Nigerian President. They expressed their gratitude to him for his contributions he made to the body and also commended his exemplary leadership and democratic behaviour during the nation’s March 28 presidential polls.
The tribute read thus:
“I am reading this on behalf of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, at our 47th meeting in Accra.
“We pay a vibrant tribute to His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for the determination he demonstrated during his tenure as Head of State and for all the necessary reforms for the development of his Country.
“We wish to express our profound gratitude for his outstanding contribution to the deepening of the integration process in West Africa and the preservation of Peace and Security in our Region, particularly in the qualities he demonstrated as Chairman of ECOWAS and Chairman of the regional contact group on Guinea Bissau and as Co-mediator in the Malian crisis.
“Futhermore, we wish to express our warmest congratulations for his exemplary democratic behavior expected of a Statesman that contributed in a decisive way to the maintenance of peace that followed the declaration of results of the presidential election in Nigeria.
In conclusion, “We, the ECOWAS Heads of state and government hereby express our goodwill to President Goodluck Jonathan for all his future undertakings at the end of his noble mission as the head of his country.