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Jonathan's Warning To Politicians Shows He Is A Respectable Politician


Aug. 08, 2020

Source: Premium Times Nigeria
Former President Goodluck Jonathan etched himself in the annals of Nigerian history as a pacifist. Until Jonathan, never before had any African head of state lost an election and voluntarily resigned. He said he didn't think it was right for any life to be lost for his political ambition.
Since Buhari became president in 2015, Jonathan has rarely aired his opinion on political happenings in Nigeria. He has mostly dedicated his time working as an election observer and a peace envoy to various countries in Africa. 
Source: Independent Newspaper
After what seems like a hiatus, Goodluck Jonathan has issued a warning to politicians amidst all the political tension going on in Nigeria. During a Friday virtual conference organised by the umbrella body of Ijaw cultural associations known as the Ijaw Nation Development Group(INDG), Jonathan told Ijaw politicians to put Nigeria's interest ahead of theirs.
Jonathan said, “To the politicians amongst us, let us shun politics of bitterness and violence and pursue our common interest, regardless of party affiliations.
“Politics is not about creating and fighting enemies, it is not about dividing the people. Politics is about aspiring for a platform and the ability to utilise it to positively impact our people and develop the nation. Irrespective of party differences, let us forge a common agenda that will promote peace, unity and prosperity among our people,” 
Source: PM News
He continued, “As a crusader for functional democracy and good governance in our country and continent, I will like to see our people play key roles in the emergence of who leads them and how they are led.
“Nothing drags a people and a nation back more than social crisis occasioned by the struggle for leadership. We cannot pretend to love our people if we place our personal ambitions over and above everything else and allow it to frustrate the people’s will and our common good."
What Jonathan said is good and refreshing. Every once in a while, it's good to see respectable politicians and elder statemen make such comments to repose the confidence of people in the process. Politicians need to call out themselves. This is what Jonathan has done and he deserves to be commended for it.
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