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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello Hails Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Says He Was Selfless, Loves Nigeria & An International Statesman Extraordinaire.

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The Governor said that in 2015, the former president "demonstrated in very historic terms that he is a democrat indeed and a patriot par excellence. Where lesser men and less honourable men would have tried to subvert the apparent will of the people in that year's General Elections, His Excellency as the President of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of her Armed Forces took the path of personal honour and national interest. Nigeria, and indeed the world, will always celebrate this wonderful man for that singular feat of selflessness and love for nation."

He said this on Friday in Abuja while delivering his goodwill message at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation's Policy Dialogue on the theme: "Democracy and Unity of State" held at the Transcorp Hilton.

He also said that politics and leadership in the country must transform into a service that ensures the quality of life is high despite social status while essential goods and services are affordable for the masses, as he spoke on the theme of the dialogue, the governor emphasised the necessity of a united state for democracy thrive, saying the focus of Nigerians should be more on how to make democracy work as a united entity rather divisive nation.

According to him, "Unity is the primary hypothesis on which democracy stands in any state which has chosen it as the form of government. This is because in a functional democracy, the people, in spite of their diversity in ideology, faith, tribe and politics, have to always unite in a majority for most things to happen in the society, including leadership." 

"Consequently, we hardly speak with a united voice on anything as a nation. This state of affairs makes me believe that we need more democracy, not less. Of course, by 'more democracy' I mean the real essence and practice of democracy, that pure marriage of consensus which enthrones the overall public good rather than any sectional or parochial interest. 

"With the foregoing in mind, I say that how to make Nigerian Democracy work for us as a uniting factor rather than the divisive measure we have turned it into is the most pressing need of the season, especially as gladiators begin to take position for 2023.

 

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