End ‘Do or Die’ Politics to Save Nigeria’s Democracy —Jonathan Warns Tinubu

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Bola Tinubu to address the detrimental practice of “do or die” politics, which he warns could jeopardize Nigeria’s democratic achievements.

Jonathan delivered these remarks at a symposium celebrating 25 years of continuous democracy in Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of fostering a more inclusive and united democratic system.

He highlighted that Nigeria’s democracy should not be based on regional or religious divides but should adhere to principles of inclusivity and social cohesion.

Furthermore, Jonathan urged Tinubu to build on the progress of the past quarter-century by enhancing infrastructure, education, and opportunities for all Nigerians.

“Together, let us build a Nigeria where every citizen has a voice, where opportunities abound, where the promise of a better tomorrow is not just a dream.

“We must not hand over to our children a democracy built on politics of region or religion.

“The National Assembly can also look at models that will suit us. We must address the factors that give rise to this Do or Die politics. It is inimical to consolidating democracy,” he said.

Jonathan further emphasized that the political class must set an example by ensuring that the benefits of democracy reach all Nigerians, regardless of economic status or social class.

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Jonathan cautioned against the “winner takes all” approach. He, instead called for a model where all parties have a stake, even if they don’t win.

He added: “So for Shettima, we are hoping that you build more infrastructure for us, improve the quality of education, facilities, etc.

“One key thing also is that, for the next twenty-five years, you will need to build a democracy that will reduce friction.

“The number of litigations that follow every round of election in Nigeria is very disruptive. If we must have a solid and enduring democracy, this practice needs to be diluted, and I know you and Bola Tinubu who was a key actor in the June 12 crisis, will have the capacity to navigate through that process.”

The symposium was attended by Kashim Shettima and other dignitaries.

It marked a quarter century of democratic rule in Nigeria.

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