Jonathan named among Time Magazine

President Goodluck Jonathan, hardly famous for striking achievements in Nigeria, has been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 world’s most influential people for 2012.
The magazine, in the release announcing the winners on Wednesday, credited President Jonathan with a total score 3,651 online “yes” votes, just a little higher than the 3,102 responses from people  Time said voted against his inclusion in the list.
The magazine said it nominated President Jonathan for the coveted list for spearheading the fight against corruption, turning Nigeria into an example of good governance as well as making significant impact on consolidating peace and security in West Africa.
“The twin imperatives of trying to end a bloody northern Nigeria Islamist rebellion led by Boko Haram and dismantling the fuel subsidies that are one of the country’s main sources of corruption (but are also, awkwardly, generally popular for keeping gas prices low) requires bold leadership of Jonathan, who is finishing his first year in office,” the magazine wrote in a tribute to President Jonathan on its page.
Conscious of the precarious state of Nigeria’s nationhood, the Time wrote that “Whether Nigeria descends into civil unrest, civil war or splits, or whether it reforms and Africa’s sleeping giant finally awakens, depends foremost on him – President Jonathan.”
Anonymous, the hacker group came top of the list with an overwhelming 395,793 votes in its favour – against 27,303 votes against its place on the list.
The list includes names of politicians like Vladimir Putin of Russia, revolutionaries like Aung San Suu Kyi – Myanmar – and the current World Footballer of the year 2011, Lionel Messi of Barcelona FC as well as the reigning Wimbledon Champion, Novak Djokovic.
Other nominees included names of politicians like Bashar Al Assad of Syria, who unfortunately could not make it after 98,387 votes against him outweighed the 91,632 who wanted him on the list.
Online dignity
President Jonathan regards his online profile highly. Shortly after assumption of office in 2010, he established a Facebook page to help grow his global popularity. The page later served as an icing on his political cake, with his offline popularity before the election in April 2011 receiving unprecedented boost.
The president also retains special assistants on new media, running cyber laboratories filled with personal computers and geeks paid to crawl websites and post encouraging remarks about the president in discussion fora and social media.

“With leaders like President Jonathan, Africa is sure to move toward prosperity, freedom and dignity for all his people,” Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia wrote in an ode published as an addendum to the Time listing.

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