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2023: Jonathan preaches politics of inclusion, unity

AHEAD of the 2023 general elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan has charged politicians to shun ethno-religious and divisive politics.

He made the appeal yesterday at the launch of Solomon Lar Leadership Institute and an autobiography titled, “Chronicles of the Rainbow,” in Abuja.

He pointed out that the erstwhile Plateau State governor played politics of inclusion, honesty, courage and patriotism, emphasising: “As we move towards the 2023 elections, I urge that we all, as critical stakeholders, should embrace Lar’s politics of inclusion and unity.”

Jonathan deplored the political climate in Nigeria, adding that ethnicity, bigotry, hate speech, intolerance and divisiveness were dominating the polity.

Charging politicians to emulate Lar, Jonathan said: “The fact that he (Lar) co-authored his own autobiography, which we are launching today, with an Islamic cleric, speaks to the boundless nature of his broadmindedness, the spirit of tolerance and religious understanding.”

He lamented: “Sadly, we are now playing the kind of politics that Chief Lar detested. Issues around ethnicity, religious bigotry, hate speech and personal attacks rather than principles and policies affecting the lives of Nigerians, have continued to dominate political discourses around the country, as political parties begin their campaigns.”

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