Former President Goodluck Jonathan has identified the inability to manage ethnic diversities as cause of conflicts in Africa.
Jonathan who spoke in Abuja at the 2021 “Democracy Dialogue”, organised by Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, said most of the conflicts he had been involved in since he left office were caused by the inability to manage their diversities.
He advised Africans to harness their “diversities and differences and translate them to strength for a more peaceful and prosperous future.
“Our diversity is often misconstrued to be the source of our challenges, but I feel, if properly harnessed, it will be the source of our greatness.
“One good way to make progress in this regard is to strengthen government institutions to improve integration, equity, and social inclusion in our various nations.”
According to him, to win peace in Africa, countries in the continent needed to constantly engage in meaningful conversations in order to reach compromise on issues, stating that the weapons of warfare for the continent in times like this should be love, justice and hope.
“The pursuit of these virtues will guarantee sustainable peace and unity in Africa.
“While guns, drones and other artilleries may win the war, to win the peace we need to constantly engage in meaningful conversations in order to reach compromise on issues, affecting us all,” he said.
He advised Africans to begin to see a little more than their tribes in all that they do, adding, “your tribe alone cannot make a nation.”
President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan, described Jonathan as a leader that believes in the unity, progress and development of not just Nigeria but Africa continent, which, he said, he has been demonstrating since he left office.
Lawan who described Jonathan as a unifier, said the former president meant well for the country.
“The political class as far as I am concerned is a clan. It doesn’t matter which political party you belong to, what is important is we continue to unite, engage to make this country better.
“It doesn’t matter who is in office, because we have to have a country in the first place before elections would be conducted,” he added.
Lawan called for unity among the political class, stating that when political leaders allow for suspicion between and among themselves, the outcome is the grassroots or the ethnic nationalities will behave the same way.