Jonathan joins Blair and Barroso on the board of the European Council for Africa and the Middle East


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has been appointed to the international advisory board of the European Business Council on Africa and the Middle East (ECAM Council).

The Council is a non-profit organization created to promote and develop relations between countries in Europe, Africa and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

The ex-president’s media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday.

He also attached a letter from the ECAM Board sent to Jonathan’s office about the nomination in the statement.

The ex-president, according to him, will participate in the meeting of the Council’s high-level advisory council scheduled for May 30 in Italy.

With this appointment, Jonathan became the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to serve on the Board of Directors of the ECAM Council.

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Other members of the Council’s advisory board are former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, GCC Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, and the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission, Amani Abou-Zeid.

The development came just 48 hours after Jonathan rejected the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination form bought for him by a Fulani group in a bid to push him into the 2023 presidential race.

The letter read: ‘For your information, the Chairman of the Board of ECAM, Dr Kamel Ghribi, is well acquainted with Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. We are setting up an international advisory board of the ECAM Council and Dr Ghribi would be delighted to welcome it on board.

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