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Don’t set Nigeria ablaze, Jonathan tells politicians

A former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has asked politicians in the country not to allow their ambition lead to struggles that will set Nigeria on fire,…

A former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has asked politicians in the country not to allow their ambition lead to struggles that will set Nigeria on fire, but put the nation first in whatever they do politically.

Speaking yesterday at a one-day peace conference organised by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) in Abuja, the former president said the world was watching Nigeria, adding that all effort must be made to make the general polls violent-free.

He warned of dire implications for Africa should the elections go wrong, stating that as part of his commitment to deepening democracy in Nigeria and the African continent, the foundation would continue to explore avenues to encourage African leaders on the virtues of service and sacrifice.

Speaking on the theme: “Peaceful Elections and National Development”, Jonathan called on INEC and security agencies to be professional in the discharge of their responsibilities before, during and after the elections.

“For democracy to endure and be productive on the continent, African politicians and other stakeholders must realise that true heroes of leadership are not those whose desperation to impose their will endangers society, but those who have the humility to subjugate their personal ambitions to the collective interest of their nation,” he said.

“We are convinced that anyone, either in government or outside government, who truly loves Nigeria, will not want to play the role of the villain by lending his support to any action that instigates crises,” he said.

A former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd), also tasked the nation’s leaders to imbibe the lessons of 2015, stressing that while the enemies of Nigeria predicted doom; the nation disappointed them by conducting transparent elections that ushered in the incumbent government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We all recall the tension in Nigeria during the 2015 elections where the doomsayers were predicting the balkanisation of Nigeria, but thank God through the action of Nigerians and the then President, Goodluck Jonathan; they were proved wrong because the gentleman kept his word that his presidency was not worth the blood of any Nigerian and he graciously conceded defeat at that elections,” he said.

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