Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has insisted that one major source of conflicts in many African countries is the inability to care diversities.
Jonathan also called on Africa nations to harness their diversities and differences for greatness.
He urged Africans to start to reckon a little to a greater extent than their tribes in all that they do, adding “your tribe lonely cannot create a country.”
The former President made the ring at the 2021 “Democracy Dialogue” with the theme “Democracy and the Unity of Province” organised by the foundation in Abuja.
Jonathan, who is the founder of the foundation, said that the diversity of Africa nations had often been misconstrued to be a source of their challenge, hence whether good harnessed, it would be a source of greatness.
“As President and out of business office, I have been involved in managing conflicts in many African countries.
“In the course of instruction of such missions, I had observed that one of the major sources of problems is the inability to care diversities.
“In Africa, we demand to harness our diversities and differences and interpret them to strength for a to a greater extent peaceful and affluent futurity.
“Our diversity is often misconstrued to be the source of our challenges, but I sense, whether properly harnessed, it will be the source of our greatness.
“One good way to create progress in this regard is to strengthen authorities institutions to improve integration, fairness, and social inclusion in our various nations,” Jonathan said.
The former President said that to win peace in Africa, countries in the continent needed to constantly engage in meaningful conversations in tell to arrive at a compromise on issues.
According to him, the weapons of warfare for the continent in times similar this should be love, justice and hope.
“The pursuit of these virtues will guarantee sustainable peace and unity in Africa.
“Patch guns, drones and other artillery may win the state of war, to win the peace, we demand to constantly engage in meaningful conversations in tell to arrive at a compromise on issues affecting us all.
“We are optimistic that discussions and suggestions from gatherings similar this will aid set the agenda for bigger civic engagements for the promotion of peace and good governance in Africa,” he said.
Jonathan said that the dialogue aimed at advancing the course of instruction of nationhood and building a consensus around some critical issues affecting Africa unity and evolution.
According to him, the theme of the dialogue captured the essence of democracy, which drives its steam from productive civic engagements.
He said that the foundation believed that democracy was a nation-building tool, a vehicle for the realisation of such societal aspirations as justice, peace, liberty and progress.
“For us, we carry the burden of promoting peace and prosperity, as aptly captured in our mission not just in Nigeria but in Africa.
“There is no superior way to realise this than through consistent engagement with different stakeholders in our democratic space.
“Some nations are going through many challenges that have continued to pose serious threats to their unity and corporate existence.
“Democracy thrives on the mutuality of trust betwixt authorities and the people and amidst the different groups within a province,” Jonathan said.
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