Former American President Mr. Jimmy Carter, has described Ex-President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria as a symbol of democracy on the African continent.

Carter said this when he received Jonathan at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum located at the Carter Centre in Atlanta.

He said, “President Jonathan is the symbol of democracy in action. You set an example that other African leaders should follow. President Jonathan is the symbol of democracy in action. You set an example that other African leaders should follow”.

The former American president further praised Jonathan for organising a transparent election and easily conceded defeat by handing over to the opposition, stressing that by doing so, the former Nigerian leader showed his deep democratic commitment.

The former American president praised Jonathan for organising a transparent election and easily conceded defeat by handing over to the opposition, stressing that by doing so, the former Nigerian leader showed his deep democratic commitment.

In his remarks, Jonathan said his actions while in office showed the extent of his belief in a peaceful, transparent and people-oriented governance, adding that Africa can only move forward through democracy and good governance.

Jonathan also commended Carter for the exemplary manner he led in his post-presidential life, adding that he was inspired by the latter’s commitment to causes which advance the path of humanity.

The statement said the ex-presidents shared a common experience as one term leaders of their respective countries and have both retired involuntarily from politics while rededicating their lives towards making the world a better place.