Don’t trun­cate democ­racy, group tells politi­cians

Daily Trust - - ADVERTORIAL - By Saawua Terzungwe

Politi­cians have been asked to im­bibe the spirit of tol­er­ance and en­sure is­sue-based cam­paigns ahead of the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day in Abuja, na­tional co­or­di­na­tor of Good­luck Ini­tia­tive for Trans­for­ma­tion (GIFT), Engr. Chinedu Ok­palanma who led lead­ers of about 200 groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions in North­ern Nigeria to the con­fer­ence ap­pealed to politi­cians to shun in­tol­er­ance and dic­ta­to­rial ten­den­cies.

He said:”We are wit­ness­ing sus­tained sab­o­tage like has never been seen be­fore in Nigeria, sim­ply to cre­ate mayhem and paint a pic­ture of chaos. They want the world to be­lieve that Nigeria is not work­ing but we are say­ing that is not true.”

Ok­palanma dis­pelled the claim that the North is against Pres­i­dent Jonathan and that Nigeria would break if Jonathan is re-elected in 2015, stress­ing that politi­cians and mis­chief mak­ers should stop tar­nish­ing the im­age of Nigeria to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

He said the essence of the press con­fer­ence was to en­cour­age di­a­logue and unity of the coun­try and to ask Pres­i­dent Jonathan to de­clare his in­ten­tion on or be­fore the 30th of this month to con­test the 2015 elec­tion.

He lauded Jonathan’s ad­min­is­tra­tion in the ar­eas of free­dom of in­for­ma­tion, im­prove­ment in the coun­try’s Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct, demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions, in­fra­struc­ture and gen­eral im­prove­ment in all the sec­tors of the na­tion’s econ­omy.

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