Waking up to decide to resign as an Africa leader is not an easy thing for the leaders in the continent to do. It requires courage, selflessness and patriotism.

Jacob Zuma did and reactions are still pouring in over his decision to resign as the President of South Africa.

A former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, who seems to have set the pace of the transformation that is coming to African politics dropped a few comments about Zuma's decision at a time many thought he would not succumb to pressure. 

Zuma, who had over a year to the end of his tenure, could not sail his ship to shore through the storm.

After he announced his resignation, rephrasing the words of Jonathan - "no life should be lost in my name" - the former Nigerian leader described Zuma as a great pan Africanist and patriot. 

Jonathan, thus, wants African leaders to emulate Zuma and possibly throw in the towel when things appear to be going out of hand under them. 


"Former President Jacob Zuma is a great pan Africanist and patriot who has put his nation’s needs above his own. Such an action, which bring about political stability, is commendable and worthy of emulation," former President Jonathan wrote. 

Here is the Climax of Jacob Zuma's resignation speech.

"I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my abilities. I am forever grateful that they trusted me with their Highest Office in the land.

"But when I accepted the deployment, I undertook to subject myself to the supreme law of the land, the Constitution.

"I also thank the citizens of South Africa for the privilege of serving as the President of the Republic since 2009. It has been an honour that I will cherish as long as I live.

"I wish to thank members of Cabinet, Deputy Ministers and the whole of government, national, provincial and local, for the positive spirit and cooperative manner in which we all worked.

"I also thank the other arms of state for the work we have accomplished.

"I thank all political parties who are in parliament for their contributions in making our democracy strong.

"I thank all stakeholders—business, labour, religious leaders, traditional leaders, youth, women’s groupings, the education sector and all others we have worked with over the years, united by the goal of moving South Africa forward.

"I thank the international community for the cooperation.

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"I have also been disturbed by the instances of violence that have occurred because of the different views among members of our organization outside our headquarters, Luthuli House.

"No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the Republic with immediate effect,"