Abiodun OBA

 

No matter the outcome of the 2023 general elections, Nigeria will not disintegrate.

The former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, gave this assurance  on Monday during the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’s Council of the WISE strategic retreat and planning workshop held in Lagos.

Jonathan said: “When elections are coming, there is always this fear that the country will implode. But you see that the country has remained stable.

“When I was in office, (during) the 2015 elections, some people were sending words out of the country, but nothing happened at the end of the day. So, 2023 will come and go and this country will remain.”

Jonathan also spoke on the series of coups in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso.

He said the challenges seem daunting but the ECOWAS has the ability to provide solutions.

Jonathan, who chairs the forum, reiterated the commission’s determination to restore peace in the troubled countries.

He said: “The tasks ahead of us may seem daunting given the current challenges in our sub-region but it is not insurmountable. I implore all of us to give the assignment her best shot.

“We will be seen to have done justice to this assignment if we succeed in catalysing processes towards institutionalizing systems that will deepen democracy, people-oriented governance, and sustainable growths in our sub-region.”

 

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