Former president of Nigeria and chairman, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has reiterated the need for a well-practised democracy necessary for Peace and development in Africa.
Jonathan, while the Chief Historian to the Bayelsa State Government, Dr Stephen Olali, visited him at the Foundation’s headquarters to present his new book, said democracy must be given humanitarian face, NAN reports
The book is entitled “16+34=50: The Life and Works of Stephen Temegha Olali (An Autobiographical Anthology)”.
Jonathan commended the efforts of the author by compiling his life experiences on earth and his commitment to mentoring the youth of the Niger Delta in the areas of productivity and non- violence.
Speaking on 2019 general elections, the former president noted that a violent electoral process will not yield good governance.
He said: “If Nigeria will grow as a nation then there is the need to change the nature of politics.
“Until people are allowed to vote or elect their leaders without intimidation and interference we cannot have good governance.
“As a leader, if you think you can shoot yourself to power then the people are irrelevant to you, but if you know that you can only get power by the will of the people then you have no option than to work for the interest of the people.
“Nobody needs violence to win any elections. Violence undermines the credibility of the election.”
“Whoever is supported by the majority of the people will win elections, but the minority should be allowed to have their say. That is the whole essence of politics.”
According to Jonathan, “As a nation, until we sincerely commit ourselves to peacebuilding there won’t be any meaningful development.
“Society cannot be stable until there is peace and peace most times is as a result of justice in the society. There is a limit to which a society can develop in the absence of peace and democratic justice.
“It is good that you have birthed this idea of mentoring the youth toward productivity and peacebuilding in the Niger Delta.