Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned politicians and their parties to abstain from violence ahead of the country’s General Elections in 2023, stating that Nigeria must exist before having the next President.
At the 2022 peace conference hosted by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation on Tuesday in Abuja, he said as much.
The former president of Nigeria urged individuals running for electoral office to defend Africa’s most populous country from being destroyed.
He asserted that people seeking the office of president, governors, and legislators all had a responsibility to safeguard the nation’s democracy.
“Before you talk about having a President or a governor, we need to establish a state. Where do we need a President if you wreck the nation? said he.
“Anyone interested in holding positions of leadership, such as those of president, governor, senator, etc., has a particularly large stake in maintaining the safety of the country.
“Governors and their supporters should first understand that before anybody you are supporting can rise (into leadership position), we need to have a nation.”
Jonathan praised Nigerian youths for showing interest in the general elections in 2023 and cautioned them against using hate speech.
He cited propaganda, hate speech, and fake news as the main threats to Nigeria’s democracy and urged the populace to abstain from using them.
Prominent individuals attended the peace conference at the NAF Conference Center, which was headlined “The Role of Elections in a Multi-Ethnic Context.”
In order to create a multi-stakeholder consensus toward a peaceful general election, conference attendees aim to study trends and challenges to a peaceful election.
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjkpo, former Governor of Bayelsa State, Isa Yuguda, and Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese are among those present.
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