Written by By Isiaka Wakili


The Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations on Tuesday bade President Goodluck Jonathan farewell. Members of the council were at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja for a closed-door valedictory meeting with the president.

The council, headed by former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Emeka Anyaoku, offered suggestions on several areas of national and international interests.

Addressing State House journalists after the meeting, Anyaoku said they had an excellent valedictory meeting with the president.

“It is the last for our council. It is the last we are meeting with the outgoing president”, Anyaoku said.

He said the council commended the president for conceding defeat in the March presidential elections, adding that they also wished him well in his future endeavours.

“We told him (Jonathan) that our nation, Nigeria, owes him a huge debt of gratitude for what he has done in terms of the success of the elections, and above all, in terms of the gesture of picking up the telephone and congratulating the president-elect even before the final results of the elections were announced.

“That singular act has earned our country a great deal of admiration and respect abroad. We thanked him (the president) and congratulated him and wished him well in his future endeavours”, Anyaoku said.

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