Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, will forever remain significant in the life of one of the most successful businessmen in the world, Aliko Dangote due to the enabling ground he created for his business to strive while the former was president.
This is a throwback report which took place in September, 2013 concerning the economic achievements of Jonathan which has faded away in the hearts of some Nigerians due to insinuations of massive corruption, youth unemployment, Boko Haram insurgency amongst others during his administration.
Aliko Dangote once said that his achievements as the richest man in Africa and 25th richest man on earth were attributable to the favourable policies of the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Dangote disclosed this in Nairobi when the former President Goodluck Jonathan met with the Nigerian community in Kenya in the month of September 2013 while the later was still in power.
The meeting was part of the activities lined up for the three-day visit of President Jonathan to Kenya.
Dangote, who was on the entourage of the president to Kenya, told the gathering that Jonathan had done a lot to improve the business climate in Nigeria.
“I want to tell you what the president has been doing in Nigeria. He is very humble and may not want to sing about what he has been doing.
“I will tell you what he has been doing to Nigerians and to some of us who are in business in Nigeria. We are very grateful for some of the policies he has introduced.
“As you all know, without good policies of government, there is no way a person like me from a big town like Kano can rise from a humble beginning to become the 25th richest person on earth.
“Without the policies of the president and also making sure that there is consistency in the policies of the government, this could not have happened,” he said.