Time magazine has today released its annual list of the 100 “Most Influential People in the World” on and among them is Nigeria’s own President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Jonathan is the only African leader on the list.
The citation on Jonathan, written by Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, reads;
“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.”
TIME magazine says the 100 strong list “are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world.”
The list also includes the US President Barrack Obama; the notorious hacking group, Anonymous; U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton; footballer, Lionel Messi.
Included in the “rogues gallery” were Syria president Bashar Assad, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Mullah Mohammed Omar, spiritual leader of the Taliban.
TIME’s list is chosen through voting by the Magazines readers around the globe.
The full list is available here: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2111975,00.html