Former President Goodluck Jonathan has requested Nigerians to be taught from Rwanda the way to construct a nation freed from ethnic prejudice.
Jonathan in his keynote deal with to mark the eightieth birthday of an elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, in Owerri, Imo State, on Saturday , stated Nigerians ought to imitate the folks of Rwanda in overcoming their nationwide challenges.
The ex-president stated Nigerians had been politicized alongside ethnic strains on the expense of nationwide cohesion.
He urged Nigerians to make use of the 80 common election to proper the wrongs.
Jonathan vastly praised the Igbo for its contribution to the event of Nigeria.
He stated: “As a nation we now have challenges, however we should not be slaves to our challenges. Let’s overcome the obstacles and transfer ahead.
“We have now to adapt. We should not conform to perceived deviance that’s thought of politically right.
“Let us take a look at the case of Rwanda, which had a bloody expertise of genocide; they’ve reconfigured their nation in order that in in the present day’s Rwanda, tribes are not a difficulty. All of them see themselves as one folks.
“The incoming Nigerian leaders must take deliberate steps to slender the ethnic divides which might be tearing us aside and pulling the nation backwards. So my attraction to all Nigerians is to emphasise our variations much less and deal with the problems that bind us collectively.
“Fortunately we’re in an election cycle; it’s my job to the younger to take their future of their fingers; by selecting those that imagine in our unity and can promote peace and progress, not those that will erect ethnic partitions and spiritual obstacles amongst our folks.”
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