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2023 : Abdulsalami Harps On Nation Building, Warns Against Divisive Tendencies

Ahead of the 2023 general election, a Former Head of State,and Member, West African Elders Forum, General Abdusalami Abubakar has called on political gladiators to play by the rules of the game and prioritize nation-building.

General Abubakar stated this in Abuja at the second Goodluck Jonathan foundation 2022 Peace Conference with the theme: Nation Building: The role of Elections in a Multi-Ethnic Context.

General Abdusalami while highlighting the challenges faced by democratic institutions ranging from economic downturn, insecurity, low voter registration and agitation from the minority noted that the upcoming 2023 elections is an opportunity for politicians to protect Nigerians and unite the nation across all divides.

Founder, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and Former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan cautioned Politicians who do not place the interest of the country first before there ambition to stay clear of the position noting that hate speech and fake news are threats to democratic governance in Nigeria and the West African sub region

In his goodwill message, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha called for strengthening of the Political party system in the country so as to make it achieve its political manifesto in the course of campaigns.

He therefore, called for the overhaul of the Nigerian electoral process and a retrospect of where the country’s democratic system is headed.

The Executive Director, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, Mrs Ann Iyonu who noted that democratic institution in the country and region was at a high declining rate noted that elections alone doesn’t consolidate democracy, except they are conducted in a credible, transparent and peaceful manner devoid of manipulation and other unwholesome practices.

Mrs Iyonu explained that the 2022 Peace conference would examine how the Nigerian Democratic space has evolved, discuss the trends and threats to inclusive and peaceful elections and also canvass strategies towards nation building that would consolidate the nation’s twenty-three years of democracy and the sustenance of the culture of peaceful elections in Nigeria.

The Peace conference attracted diplomats and representatives of Presidential candidates of the Labour Party, People’s Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress.

By Ayo Agbeoluwaye

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