Jonathan, many others say character key to effective democracy

John Alechenu, Abuja

Previous President Goodluck Jonathan and the ex-Countrywide Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as effectively as elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, have stated character is demanded for democracy to prosper throughout the entire world.

The elder statesmen spoke independently in Abuja on Thursday.

They spoke in reaction to the attack on America’s Capitol Hill by supporters of the outgoing President, Donald Trump, on Wednesday.

Jonathan, who spoke by using a article on his Fb web page, reported, “I have regularly said nobody’s political ambition is truly worth the blood of any citizen in any element of the world unquestionably nobody.

“Again, I reiterate that it is superior to drop electric power at the expense of gaining peace, than to attain electrical power at the value of losing the peace. As a chief, just one have to not just glance unto one’s very own interest, but the fascination and the superior of modern society. It is never too late to reject the venom and inject the serum of peace.

“It is vital to state that the maximum purpose of management is to carry folks jointly, even those that do not share in your philosophy. And you do not require an place of work to do that. All you need to accomplish that peak of leadership is conscience. Enable us be men of conscience at this hour.”

Jonathan designed record as an incumbent Nigerian President by conceding defeat to the then opposition applicant, Significant Basic Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), while the 2015 election success were being however being collated.

On his element, Odigie-Oyegun, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH, said, “I was thoroughly astonished at what transpired in The us. It has finished me one particular good it has eventually taught me that even in the so-called creating entire world, we are not as terrible as we have been building ourselves look.

“All of a unexpected, the finest and the most painful diploma of lack of ideas, lack of treatment for countrywide interest was on display screen.

“I am concerned American democracy has taken a really serious beating and I experience it in my bones as if I am an American. It was humbling. At the end of the working day regardless of whether in the developing world or in America, it is the stage to which people imagine in rules and character that issues.”

Speaking in a comparable vein, elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, who spoke in a phone job interview, explained, “The mistaken selection of Donald Trump as President has introduced an over 200 decades old system to its knees. It is crucial for the citizens to appear at the character of the persons they elect into public office environment.”