- Former President Goodluck Jonathan revealed the steps he took to keep Nigeria together as one
- Jonathan said the National Conference he convened in 2014 went a lot way to preserve the country's unity
- He added that dialogue has proven to be an essential tool in keeping Nigeria together
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that he spent his final months as Nigeria's president looking for a way to preserve the unity of the nation.
Jonathan, while speaking on Friday at the at the opening panel of the Dialogue of Civilisations, ‘Multipolarity and Dialogue in Regional and Global Developments,’ Rhodes Forum’s 15th Anniversary Summit in Greece, claimed that the National Conference he organised in 2014 helped saved the nation from breaking, Premium Times reports.
He said: “When I was in office as President, I championed the cause for good governance, transparent elections and peaceful power transfers, because I also believed that at the heart of the dialogue for a more peaceful world, is the need to cultivate a culture of democracy and good governance at the national levels. This is a good way to reduce local tensions that could blossom into global crisis.
“In Nigeria, through a process of dialogue, we arrived at an amnesty programme that brought an end to the crisis in the Niger Delta, an oil-rich region in my country that accounts for all the oil wells that remain the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy.
“Sometime in 2014, I had a thought in my mind. Nigeria is easily the most ethnically and religiously heterogeneous society in Africa, and one of the most diverse nations in the world.
“Many times, these different ethnic groups are pulling in diverse directions that as a leader, you may experience genuine fears that the centre may not hold."
Jonathan went on to speak on the issue of global peace, he said: “There is one important point people often overlook whenever the issue of global peace arises. There can be no peace at the global level if there is no peace in the heart, conscience and character of leaders of nations.”
“The present situation where one nation, out of 193 nations, can upturn the decision of the Security Council, has not been helpful in galvanising the confidence and mutuality, necessary to bring peace to the world.
“If anything, the system, which has remained unreviewed in over half a century, has been more effective in opening new frontiers for conflicts, rather than providing answers to the ones it sought to resolve.
“The Security Council of the United Nations must be democratised, in view of new global realities, in the interest of peace. As presently constituted, the UN is portrayed as a platform where nations come to quarrel and display their might, instead of its statutory role, as a forum for unity and world peace," he said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Presidency claimed the 2014 confab report will not be adopted by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking on a programe on Channels TV for Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary celebrations, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, said despite heavy criticisms against the confab, the Goodluck Jonathan administration went on with it.
Shehu claimed that the confab was not inclusive and that leaders of some political parties including the one President Buhari belong to, were missing at the national conference.
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