“Be responsible, put Nigeria first”- Goodluck Jonathan tells politicians ahead of the 2023 general elections

Goodluck Jonathan, a former president of Nigeria, advised lawmakers to prioritize Nigerians’ well-being throughout their campaigning for the general elections in 2023.

On August 25, during the annual Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Legacy Dialogue in Abuja, he said this.

Jonathan, who participated virtually, stated: “The upcoming elections are essential for our country’s development, wealth, and goals. I want our leaders to display restraint in their campaigns and other political endeavors and to be cognizant of our unity and stability.

“To the rest of us, this period does not afford us the luxury of indifference. We must be determined to participate in our democratic processes. It requires that we must mobilise to vote those who will manage the affairs of the country with honesty in order to guarantee peace, justice, unity and progress in our land.”

Mohammed Namadi Sambo, who served as vice president under Jonathan, was also at the event. Sambo urged candidates and stakeholders of the various political parties to adopt issue-based campaigns for the 2023 general election. 

Sambo said: “As we approach the critical stage towards the 2023 general election in Nigeria, it is important to use this opportunity to call on all political parties and indeed, candidates and other key stakeholders to adopt issue-based campaigns. 

“We must all shun the use of hate or foul language and mudslinging to avoid overheating the polity. Peaceful, free and fair election next year will definitely mark yet another important milestone in our march towards sustainable democracy, peace and development of our dear nation.”

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