we cannot develop as a nation, no matter how people demonstrate, and no president can do magic, if there is tension in the land
FORMER president, Goodluck Jonathan has said that no nation’s economy could grow in the absence of peace, noting that “we cannot develop as a nation, no matter how people demonstrate, and no president can do magic, if there is tension in the land.”
Jonathan made the statement when a forum of former ministers, who served in his administration, 1999-2015, and still in the People’s Democratic Party visited him Monday.
Speaking for the ministers, former Minister of Aviation Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, described Jonathan as a great leader who had encouraged many Nigerians, saying, “you still have so much to offer this country. The future is great for us, for PDP and this country.
The chairman of the forum, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, said that the visit was to avail them the opportunity to share with Jonathan issues of national interest.
Turaki commended Jonathan for all he had sacrificed to keep the nation together, saying: “We are members of the Forum of PDP ministers from 1999 to 2015, which comprises those who served as ministers under Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Musa Yar’Adua and those who served under you.
“We decided to pay our Sallah homage to you. We have always maintained that tradition of visiting you during Sallah, Christmas or any other festivity for that matter. That has been your practice to host us and in the process give us the opportunity to interact at interpersonal levels as well as discuss issues that are not only of mutual interest to us but those that affect our nation generally.
“Nigerians are beginning to appreciate the efforts you made in moving this country forward.
“Nigerians are still getting more aware of the enormous sacrifice you made to ensure that Nigeria remained together as one indivisible and indissoluble nation.
“I have always said it that it is not always in the life of a human being that one gets the opportunity to hear people say positive things while he is still alive.
“I believe that the decision you made in putting into practice your belief that your ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian has not only become word on marble in Africa today but has in deed stood you out as an elder statesman, not only in this country but in the whole of Africa.”
Jonathan, who commended the former ministers for the forum and for finding time to celebrate Sallah with his family, added that, “we should begin to reduce the cleavages and fault lines and form a political body that will look at things with national interest.”
He added that, “when there is sense of insecurity in any country, investors will go back and when investors go back, of course, the economy will dwindle.
“What improves the economy is confidence and what makes investors to have confidence is peace.
“Nobody wants to invest where there is no peace, except those that invest in arms and ammunition.
“We should all pray and work toward that peace that is the only way we can grow our economy.”