Jonathan Backs Obi, Urges Labour Candidate To Make Unity Of Nigeria A Priority

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party Mr. Peter Obi has received a special request from former President Goodluck Jonathan, to make the unity of Nigeria his top priority if Nigerians give him the mandate in 2023.

Former President Jonathan’s request came when the LP flag bearer paid him a courtesy call in his country home in Otueke, Bayelsa State on Friday.

He commended Obi for conducting his campaign well with cultured utterances and encouraged him to continue the good work.

“I want to thank you that you are the first presidential candidate to pay a courtesy visit to me. I want to use this opportunity to encourage you in what you are doing.

According to the former President “For Nigeria to move forward, we need unity. There were predictions in the late 50s and early 60s that Nigeria and some other countries will be at par, and we normally ask ourselves why are we where we are now.
“This was predicted by intellectuals, people who study the world, and predicted that Nigeria, India, Brazil, etc but all those countries left us but we are still where we are. We Nigerians must ask ourselves one question, why are we not able to move with others”

The Immediate past Nigerian leader bemoaned the level of ethnic sentiments in the country noting that “In terms of tribal and religious sentiments, they are almost in every nation but the degree we have in Nigeria is very debilitating. It is what is pushing us backward.

“We have a country that we do not believe in. Most of our leaders would say Nigeria is not a nation. We have different nationalities, and geographical expressions but I believe that young people, especially if we must move forward must put those sentiments aside. Every nation, every country has its history.”

Jonathan said that the country will be great only if every Nigerian sees himself as a Nigerian. “We must see ourselves as one. And if I am the President, if the best person to hold a particular office is from Enugu, Ibadan, or Sokoto, it doesn’t matter. And until we get to that point as a nation, we cannot move anywhere.
“We have been putting square pegs in round holes because of religious, tongues, and tribal sentiments”

He then charged the former Anambra State governor, “if by divine providence you win the election, your first responsibility is to unite Nigeria. Without unity, we cannot solve our security problems. Without unity, we cannot solve our economic problems. If you unite Nigeria, that is the beginning of a new Nigeria and the revolution and development that will take place.

“I have been listening to comments from political leadership and sometimes our supporters do more damage on our behalf. And I must commend you because your utterances so far have not shown any division.
“Just keep doing what is right. If you win, you will be a president for the whole nation, you won’t be a President for any group of people.”

In his remarks, the LP standard bearer praised Jonathan for what he represents in the country “Nobody can talk about peace, unity today without reference to you, all we have been preaching throughout our campaign is that we want to unite Nigeria. ”

“Our goal if elected is to ensure that Nigeria moves back to where her per capital was a few years before.
“All these are about you so I am here personally as your junior brother to pay respect and loyalty. I am sure you must have endorsed your own.”

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