As 2023 general elections draw closer, former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan has urged Nigeria youth to take charge of their future now or loose it forever.
During his key note address to mark the 80th birthday celebration of an elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, in Owerri, Imo State, on Saturday, Jonathan urged Nigerians youths in particular and Nigerians in general to emulate the people of Rwanda in getting over their national challenges.
He said Nigerians had been politicised along ethnic lines to the detriment of national cohesion and urged them to use the 2023 general elections to corrects the wrongs.
Jonathan said the Igbo deserve accolade for contributing immensely to the development of Nigeria.
He opined that as nation, we have challenges, but we should not be slaves to our challenges. Let us get over the obstacles and move forward.
“We must not conform to perceived aberrant behaviour considered to be politically correct.
“Let us look at the case of Rwanda, which had a gory experience of genocide; they reconfigured their nation so that in today’s Rwanda, tribe is no longer an issue. They all see themselves as one people.
“The incoming Nigerian leaders must take deliberate steps to whittle down the ethnic cleavages pulling us apart and pulling the nation backwards. So, my appeal to all Nigerians is to de-emphasise our differences and focus on the issues that bind us.
“Luckily, we are in an election cycle; my charge to the youths is to take charge of their future; by electing those who believe in our unity and will promote peace and progress, not those who will erect ethnic walls and religious barriers among our people.”