Ex-President Jonathan urges Africa to harness diversities for greatness

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Africa nations to harness their diversities and differences for greatness. He made the call  at the 2021 “Democracy Dialogue” with the theme “Democracy and the Unity of State” organized by the foundation in Abuja Jonathan, who is the founder of the foundation, said that the diversity of Africa

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Africa nations to harness their diversities and differences for greatness.

He made the call  at the 2021 “Democracy Dialogue” with the theme “Democracy and the Unity of State” organized by the foundation in Abuja

Jonathan, who is the founder of the foundation, said that the diversity of Africa nations had often been misconstrued to be the source of their challenge, hence if well harnessed, it would be a source of greatness.

According to him, the weapons of warfare for the continent in times like this should be love, justice and hope.

“The pursuit of these virtues will guarantee sustainable peace and unity in Africa.

“ While guns, drones and other artilleries may win the war, to win the peace, we need to constantly engage in meaningful conversations in order to reach compromise on issues, affecting us all.

“We are optimistic that discussions and suggestions from gatherings like this will help set the agenda for bigger civic engagements for the promotion of peace and good governance in Africa,” he said.

Jonathan said that the dialogue aimed at advancing the course of nationhood and building a consensus around some critical issues affecting Africa unity and development.

He said that the theme of the dialogue captured the essence of democracy, which drives its steam from productive civic engagements.

He said that the foundation believed that democracy was a nation building tool, a vehicle for the realization of such societal aspirations as justice, peace, freedom and progress.

Furthermore, he urged Africans to begin to see a little more than their tribes in all that they do, adding your tribe alone cannot make a nation.

The former president also called on Civil Society Organizations and the media to continue to mount pressure on the leaders to promote unity and democracy in the continent, as well-made them to know when they are deviating.

He disclosed that the subsequent dialogue of the foundation would be held by different Africa countries because the focus of the foundation was not just Nigeria.

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