Former President Goodluck Jonathan has received the African Democracy and Peace Icon Award in Rwanda.
The ex-president and other prominent African leaders were honoured at the maiden edition of the African Heritage Concert and Awards held in Kigali, Rwanda on Saturday, April 1.
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Rwanda, Ambassador Suleiman San, was also present at the event.
A press release on Monday by the organisers, Heritage Times, said the event was held to celebrate and honour African greats who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavor, and have made sustainable global impact in pacifying the image of Africa.
According to the press release signed by Chairman, Heritage Times, Mr Moses Siasia, ex-President Jonathan appealed to African leaders, who are privileged to hold public offices to become servants of the people, and not turn themselves into the “bosses of the people.”
Jonathan said, “When you are called the executive president, our duty is to run our country properly, not to dehumanise human beings and make their lives difficult. What you should think is when you leave office, what will the world remember for? Will the world remember you for killing people? Will the world remember you for jailing people, or will the world remember you for destroying their systems?
“What people will remember you for is what should guide our decisions, and I believe if every leader should begin to think that when you leave office, one day you will be remembered one way or the other, positively or negatively.”