April 7, 2016.
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR has been named Personality of the year 2015 by Vanguard Newspapers. GEJ was recognized for his selfless service to Nigeria as a “torchbearer” especially his exceptional display of statesmanship during the last general elections.
A news report by the newspaper notes that “GEJ stands out as a Torchbearer because he not only conceded defeat before the final tally of the votes, but because, by that singular act, Dr Jonathan threw doomsayers off balance by declaring that his political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. This is profound because it is against the grain of political experience in Nigeria for an incumbent to lose election. By this, Dr. Jonathan earned for himself a reserve space among the world’s better appreciated statesmen”. He was named alongside President Mohammadu Buhari.