Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned politicians and their parties to avoid violence ahead of the country’s general elections in 2023, saying Nigeria must exist before the next President can be elected.
The former Nigerian leader made this statement on Tuesday in Abuja while addressing the 2022 peace conference hosted by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. He urged individuals running for electoral office to prevent the destruction of Africa’s most populous country.
He asserted that people seeking the office of president, governors, and legislators all had a responsibility to safeguard the nation’s democracy.
“We must have a state before you talk about having a President or a governor. If you destroy the country, then where do we need a President?” he said.
“Anybody who is interested in leadership at the level of a president, governor, senator, etc, you have the biggest stake to protect the nation. Both those who want to be President, governors and their supporters should first know that we need to have a nation before whoever you are supporting can emerge (into leadership position),” he added.
Jonathan applauded young people in Nigeria for being interested in the general elections of 2023 and cautioned them against using hate speech.
He urged the populace to refrain from engaging in propaganda, fake news, and hate speech as they pose the greatest threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
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 Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, and Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Diocese are among those that attended the conference.