Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged politicians to avoid violence and work towards strengthening Nigeria’s democracy. In a statement issued on Tuesday by his special adviser Ikechuk Eze, Jonathan urged Nigerians to remain patriotic and peaceful as they exercise their civic right.
He said several other countries in West Africa and the continent at large had recently witnessed a democratic crisis that had led to an unconstitutional change of government.
The former president pleads with Nigerians not to allow elections to become a source of violence and disorder.
“We must desist from the temptation of yielding to those desirous of making our communities and states, theatres of conflicts for their selfish ends, let us realise that the primary purpose of democracy is to uphold the freedom and dignity of citizens and deploy the instruments of governance toward advancing and improving the well-being of our people”, he said.
Jonathan advised that the future belongs to young people and that they should not be used as agents of destruction and violence.