Obasanjo bids farewell to AU Assembly

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa has defined an assured course to its regeneration through the implementation of its good governance code, the Peer Review Mechanism, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said here Tuesday.
In his farewell speech before the eighth session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, President Obasanjo said the programme of self- monitoring had defined as assured course for the "African renaissance.
" "Most African countries have grown their economies by a rate of at least 5 percent.
It is equally noteworthy that no less than 16 African countries are undergoing the electoral process in 2007," he noted.
The election, Obasanjo said, clearly showed Africa was making "remarkable" progress towards democratic consolidation of economic growth and stability.
The Nigerian leader said the same political processes were continuing in his own country and would result in new leadership by 29 May, when he said, the country would have installed a new leadership at both local and national levels.
"What this means is that come 29 May, the transition process would have brought about change in administration and personalities at both Federal and most of the State levels in Nigeria," he said.
"The direct implication is that from that date, I cease to be President of Nigeria," he said, adding that he was proud to be an African.
The Nigerian leader promised to remain loyal to the African course, promising to freely give his advice to African leaders in the future.
"I look forward to retirement and interaction with you all in my private capacity as a chicken farmer," he said amid applause.
In response, AU Chairman and Ghanaian President John Kufuor described Obasanjo as an exemplary leader not only for Nigeria but also for ECOWAS and the AU.
"For his readiness to give, one would have thought that we need more of such a leader.
This is a good example we are seeing in the terms of his national constitution.
This is a good example of governance.
"We'll call upon him as an advisor, consultant or as a peacemaker to go to some trouble spots," said Kufuor.

30 january 2007 14:52:00

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