Former President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that Nigerians can no longer engage in politics of bitterness and division along ethnic and religious lines.
Jonathan while speaking via his virtual goodwill message on Thursday in Abuja at the signing of the first National Peace Accord on the 2023 general elections charged candidates to ensure that their campaign is issue-based and violence-free.
He further advised candidates, their promoters and supporters to exercise restraint and to run their campaigns based on issues that affect citizens in the country.
“We are at a critical stage in our national life where we have no choice but to promote national cohesion, love and hope in order to make the desired progress.
“We cannot afford to continue to play politics of bitterness and division along ethnic and religious lines. This is because such kind of politics portends great danger to our unity, growth and the sustenance of our democracy.
“We have to be mindful of the destructive impact of hate speech, fake news and mindless propaganda, especially in a clime where the fabric of unity and stability still needs to be strengthened.
“I charge the candidates, their promoters and supporters to exercise restraint and seek to run their campaigns based on issues that affect our people.
“They should, by all means, avoid needless attacks on personalities and use of abusive language for those are the elements that cause chaos and crisis during elections", Jonathan stated.