Nigeria remains committed to AU ideals, says President Jonathan

Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said that Nigeria remained committed to the pursuit and promotion of the ideals of the African Union (AU), pledging his personal commitment to work towards the realization of the vision of the continental organization.
President Jonathan, speaking at the opening ceremony of the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU in Kampala, Uganda, thanked the governments and people of African countries for their "kind words of empathy", and personal visits to Abuja, following the death of former President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.
Jonathan, who was attending his first summit, stressing that Yar'Adua's demise was a great loss to Nigeria in particular and to Africa in general because the late leader championed the global ideals of the rule of law, accountability and transparency.
The AU Chairperson, President Bingu Wa Mutharika of Malawi, had on behalf of the organization, expressed the condolences of the AU to Nigeria on the death Yar'Adua, while formally congratulating President Jonathan on his assumption of leadership in Nigeria and welcoming him to the AU Summit.
President Jonathan had earlier congratulated President Jacob Zuma and the people of South Africa for the successful hosting of the recent FIFA World Cup and for “making Africa proud”.
He again condemned the twin bomb attacks by terrorists on innocent persons in Kampala during the World Cup final football match and expressed the sympathy and solidarity of the government and people of Nigeria with the Ugandan government and people over the incidents.

25 juillet 2010 14:16:00

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