Jonathan has disclosed why he convened the 2014 National Conference.
Glamtush reports that former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has explained that he convened the 2014 National Conference with the objective of creating an environment for Nigerians to address issues pushing citizens towards divisive politics and sowing the seeds of discord.
This online learnt that the former president stated this during his remarks at the “2nd Igbo Nsukka Zik Annual Merit Award” on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said the inability to manage Nigeria’s diversity was a major stumbling block to the nation’s socio-economic development.
Jonathan said, “When I convened the 2014 National Conference as President, my intention was to create an environment that would enable our citizens to dispassionately address those issues that are pushing us towards divisive politics and sowing the seeds of discord in our polity.
“I believe that, in a complex and diverse country like ours, the journey of nationhood and march to greatness is not a sprint but a marathon.
“However, to get it right, we need to do much more to unite our people and integrate our society, in order to build a nation of selfless patriots and citizens, citizens as defined by the Greek philosophers.
“That is the type of country envisioned by our nationalists.
“That is the only way to turn our huge population, rich diversity, and the outstanding resourcefulness of our people into a positive force that would transform and enhance the greatness of our dear country.
“I have no doubt in my mind that God Almighty has deposited in our land and in our citizens, the indefatigable spirit and creativity to unite, work and relate in a harmonious way and make our country great.”