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British PM congratulates Jonathan …tasks him on electoral reforms

By Emmanuel Aziken

ABUJA — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has congratulated Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on his new role in government and sought his cooperation in building cordial relations between Britain and Nigeria.

While applauding the roles of the National Assembly, Federal Executive Council and other institutions in preserving constitutional order in the wake of the crisis generated by the ill-health of President Umaru Yar’Adua, Mr. Brown in a letter to the Acting President called on him to sustain the mutual interests of the two nations in the global community.

He particularly charged the Acting President to match his words with action in the area of electoral reforms.
In the letter dated 26th February, 2010 Mr. Brown particularly cited common interests against terrorism even as he pledged Her Majesty government’s willingness to help Nigeria in tackling challenges in poverty eradication and the Millennium Development Goals.

He also shared his empathy on the ill-health of President Yar‘Adua.
The letter read:
“Dear Acting President Jonathan
“I am writing to congratulate you on taking up your new role as Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As you know, we firmly believe that principles of abiding by the constitution, together with democratic values, non-violence and the rule of law are fundamental to resolving political and constitutional issues. I commend the efforts made by the Executive Council of the Federation, the National Assembly and the Executive to promote a peaceful and democratic solution to the recent uncertainty.

“The UK has long been a committed friend and partner of Nigeria and have continued to give strong and constructive support during the recent difficult weeks. I welcomed the commitments you made in your address to the nation and would strongly support you on the need for electoral reform and democratisation, tackling corruption and bringing peace and stability to the Nigeria Delta.

“We face joint challengers internationally, including in the fight against global terrorism. We remain committed to help you tackle poverty and make real progress towards the MDGs. I hope we can work together on these and other issues.

“I also look forward to working with you closely on the UN Security Council. We hope that you will be able to support strong UN action in response to Iran’s failure to address international concerns over its nuclear programme and its breach of five UNSCRs.

“We remain committed to help you tackle poverty and make real progress towards the MDGs, in particular i hope we can work together to support the 1-Goal campaign and education for all in advance of the South African World Cup this year. I hope we can work together on these and other issues.

“We extend wishes for President Yar’Adua’s recovery and I look forward to meeting you in the not too distant future.”


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