Ahead of the 2023 General Elections set to take precedence in 3 days, former president Goodluck Johnathan has called on Nigerians to be patriotic, peaceful and display true sportsmanship as they vote for their preferred candidate.
The former president stated this on Tuesday, in his message to Nigerians, where he also enjoined politicians to shun hatred and violence, be circumspect in their actions and work towards consolidating the nation’s democracy.
Jonathan’s message reads: “The future belongs to you; do not allow yourselves to be used as agents of destruction and violence. Nigeria is yours to build. This election provides you with the opportunity to be key partners in the nation-building process by electing leaders of your choice; those you can hold to account, those you trust to defend your future and guarantee unity, peace, and prosperity in our great country.
“To all citizens, this is a moment of truth and courage. Democracy has put our fate in our hands. It has given us power, the power to make the right choices, determine our future, and shape our destiny.
“I urge you all to make your respective choices in the best interest of our land. Let us make our choices peacefully and respect the choices and rights of others.
“It is a time that requires us all to exercise the highest form of patriotism in our nation-building journey and collective quest for peace and progress. Let us approach this election with devotion, dedication, and selflessness, by ensuring that we don’t jeopardise our country’s peace and unity as we exercise our franchise and pursue our political dreams and aspirations.”
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