2023 General Election: Jonathan Advises Nigerians To Vote In Credible Leaders
In order to ensure effective democratic government in the nation, former president Goodluck Jonathan advised Nigerians on Thursday to choose credible candidates in the general elections of 2023.
After visiting retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state, at his home, Jonathan spoke with reporters in Minna.
According to him, this is the only way to achieve the intended goals of having capable leaders manage the nation’s resources.
Jonathan advised Nigerians to make careful decisions and choose candidates who are prepared to serve them well in 2023.
He advised Nigerians to choose a candidate who would represent them well and wouldn’t jeopardize national interests for his own gain.
Jonathan said: “We all wish our country well. To every Nigerian, especially the young ones, elections are coming.
”They have to elect the person they believe would lead us well, the person who will serve us well.
”A leader is also a servant and as a President, you are to lead and you are to serve.
”Elect somebody that will take the interest of all of us, the interest of the country, somebody that would not compromise our own interest for his own aggrandisement.
”Someone that would carry all of us along, most especially someone that would take Nigeria as a project,” he said
Jonathan said that his visit to Abdulsalam was a annual ritual, saying, ”and is nothing special.”
The former head of state of Nigeria remarked that Nigeria still needed Abdulsalami and ”the part he plays in maintaining peace and unity in the country.
“It has been over a year since I visited the state. As the youngest former President, I go around from time to time to visit them.
”I haven’t seen him for quite some time and you know he just came back from medical treatment abroad.
”So, it is proper for me to come with some of my friends to pay a courtesy call and greet him.
“We also made a stop at retired Gen. Babangida’s house to see him. It is a regular visit we always do.”
Wishing Abdulsalami well, he added ”because we need him, especially now that we are talking about the 2023 elections.
”You know he chairs the National Peace Committee that tries to midwife peace process during elections, this is the time he is much needed.
”I know there will be so much pressure on him now to see what he can do so that the 2023 elections can be conducted freely and fairly and in an environment where there is peace and love”, he said.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, a presidential candidate for the NNPP, also paid a visit to Abdulsalami.
Kwankwaso notified him of his decision to run for presidency in 2023 and wished him a quick recovery.
Abubakar has voiced confidence in Kwankwaso’s capacity to reorient the nation for peak performance.
”You have done very well as a Governor of Kano state and if given the chance, you will be able to provide basic infrastructure that would better the lots of the governed.”