He made this known on Wednesday at an event organised by the house of justice in Kaduna.
Yakubu Gowon who was represented by a former minister of information , Jerry Gana, said government must channel their energy into job creation in order to end unemployment.
“No nation can ever build a society where the consideration is not in terms of value, principles or ideals, but to share money”
“If we want our democracy to be durable and ensure a just an peaceful nation, we must generate jobs for the unemployment, the issue of politics without principles is becoming worrisome, where the highest bidder have takes whatever is on the table. That cannot be the way of politics.
The former head of state noted that millions of Nigerians are living in extreme poverty and there is need for government to fight the biggest enemy of democracy, which according him is poverty.
“If we want to build a nation of justice and peace, it cannot be on the basis of the highest bidder. We must reject poverty. This rejection of poverty is legitimate. Millions of Nigerians are poor.
“The biggest enemy of democracy is poverty. When people are poor, when people are reduced to destitute, then a little money can change their minds. Therefore, the freedom of choice in a democracy is taken away by those who control the resources.”