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As Nigerians prepare to cast their votes in the general election next week, former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has spoken of the need for political leaders particularly those seeking elective offices not to let their ambitions set the nation on fire, saying without peace, no meaningful development can be achieved.
Jonathan stated this in Abuja on Thursday at one day peace conference organized by the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.
According to him, the world is watching Nigeria and all effort must be mustered to make the polls violent-free across the nation.
He warned of dire implications for the Africa sub-region should the elections go wrong, stating that as part of his commitment to deepening democracy in Nigeria and the African continent; the foundation would continue to explore avenues to encourage African leaders on the virtues of service and sacrifice.
Giving his remarks at the conference which has “Peaceful elections and national development,” as its theme, Jonathan also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security personnel to be professional in the discharge of their responsibilities before, during and after the elections.
“For democracy to endure and be productive on the continent, African politicians and other stakeholders must realize that true heroes of leadership are not those whose desperation to impose their will endangers society, but those who have the humility to subjugate their personal ambitions to the collective interest of their nations.
“Our political leaders must realize that the greatest and most enduring legacy to leave behind is that of peace and development.
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