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Inciting Statements: Don’t drag Nigeria to another civil war, Jonathan warns politicians

Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has warned politicians to avoid what he described as destructive leadership struggles and actions that are capable of instigating a repeat of the civil war that caused devastating loss of lives and properties in Nigeria.

He warned that such inciting and destructive tendencies lead to the corruption of the people’s psyche which becomes very difficult to wipe out.

He noted that there has been concerns and the worries of some Nigerians on whether the coming elections would be peaceful, describing the fierce leadership tussles by political gladiators in the country as being worrisome.

He, therefore, warned the politicians, to desist from playing roles capable of plunging the country into chaos, noting that erasing those feelings of a loss of peace and tranquillity due to those tendencies is often difficult.

The former President, who gave the warning at a peace conference with the theme: ‘Peaceful elections and national development,” organised by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, on Thursday, in Abuja, maintained that citizen, who truly loves Nigeria will not lend support to any form of violence or threat to the peace of the country.
“We must do everything to avoid conflict because it is always difficult to erase these feelings.” According to him, “If people feel INEC and similar bodies are fair to all, it will make citizens behave better but if you do otherwise, it will be a recipe for crisis,”

“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.”

“As the ongoing democratic process unfolds, with the rest of the world watching with keen interest, we are also mindful of the worries of Nigerians on whether it would end peacefully.

“Our political leaders must realise that the greatest and most enduring legacy to leave behind is that of peace and development.”

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