Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he is ashamed that Nigeria is now being used as a negative example in the international community. The immediate past present made this comment while speaking at the inauguration of some projects executed by Governor Ayo Fayose in Ekiti state yesterday May 25th.
Jonathan who conceded power to Buhari after losing the 2015 election, cited recent instances when the Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, mocked the poor state of security in Nigeria and the naira’s weakening status.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Jonathan said
“A President of a neighbouring country, Ghana, recently made two negative remarks about Nigeria. First, the current Ghanaian President was addressing Ghanaians about the movement of cattle within their shores and he said openly that Ghana is not like Nigeria where cattle roam freely.”
That was quite uncomplimentary. If it has got to a level when the Presidents of neighbouring countries will cite Nigeria as a negative example, then we must know as leaders of this country that certain things are not going well, and we must change the way we do things” Jonathan said
The former president called on President Buhari not to abuse the power he has by working against members of the opposition.
“I use this opportunity to call on Mr. President because I was there before, and I know that when you are there, there is so much pressure on you to use all the powers at your disposal to subjugate democracy. Don’t do that because what you go with, at the end of the day, is the good name you leave behind. If you use your powers negatively, posterity will haunt you.”
“I call on Mr. President to use his power to strengthen democracy because all the great democracies we see in the world today were built by people. People make sacrifices to make their country great.” he said