Build democracy that’ll reduce friction – Jonathan tells Tinubu


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged President Bola Tinubu to build a democracy that will reduce frictions after elections.


Jonathan, who described the avalanche of litigation that follows elections in the country as embarrassing, also warned that democracy that is built on ethnicity and religion does not endure.


The former President made this call while speaking as the Chairman of the Democracy Day Public Lecture with the theme, ’25 Years of Enduring Democracy: Prospect for the Future’, at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.


He noted that in the last 25 years, Nigeria had built an economy that was once the biggest in Africa.


Although he said that the country’s democratic consolidation had not been an easy one, Jonathan said that for democracy to yield dividends, the political actors must change their flamboyant style.


Jonathan, who stressed the need to strengthen state institutions in order to strengthen democracy, condemned what he described as politics where the winner takes all, saying that it is not healthy in a democratic system.


The former President advised the National Assembly to look at a governance model that can suit the country, for the people to benefit from the needed dividends.

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