Build democracy that’ll reduce friction – Jonathan tells Tinubu

Build democracy that’ll reduce friction – Jonathan tells Tinubu
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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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