Don’t promote hate, division in your campaigns, Jonathan tells presidential candidates


Former President Goodluck Jonathan called on candidates for the 2023 presidential election to ensure they “prioritize non-violence” in their campaigns.

After the conclusion of the presidential primaries, campaigns should begin in earnest.

As such, the former president said it was incumbent on political leaders to defuse tensions, given the prevailing insecurity in the country.

In a statement released by Ikechukwu Eze, his media assistant, Jonathan also congratulated all presidential flag bearers.

He asked them to campaign without rancor or division, urging them to ensure that problems and credible solutions take pre-eminence.

Jonathan said: “I consider that you all aspire to be elected to lead the country because you are democrats who believe, like all of us, that Nigeria is our common heritage which we should all strive to protect, to prosper and preserve for future generations.

“As you move towards election campaigns, it is important that the problems facing the country and the credible solutions take center stage.

“I urge you to conduct your campaigns in a manner devoid of acrimony, division and betrayal so that in the end Nigeria wins, democracy triumphs and humanity is better off for it.

“As I have always said, no ambition is worth the life of another. As candidates, you must avoid violence and acts that will encourage any form of bloodshed or exacerbate national fault lines.

“We are living through a season of unprecedented violence and all political leaders have a responsibility to defuse the tension in the country. Candidates, through their behavior and language, must prioritize non-violence and peaceful coexistence. »

The former president also advised all stakeholders to place national interest above self-interest.

“Nigeria is at a critical crossroads in its march towards nationhood as it grapples with security and economic challenges,” he added.

“The 2023 election is an opportunity to renew our union, rebuild the dreams of our founding fathers and revitalize our economy.”


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