Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Stop the inter-tribal threats, hate speeches - Former Ghana president, Jerry Rawlings tells Nigerians

 Former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings has advised Nigerians to stop the inter-tribal and inter-religious issuance of threats.

The former President said this while speaking at 12th Annual Lecture organised by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA), Ekiti State branch, held at the Conference Hall of Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State.

He added that ethnicity and tribal warfare appear to be rearing itself to a dangerous level in the country.

He therefore urged Nigerians to stop the ethnic war and help each other so as to co-exist peacefully in harmony.

Rawlings said African challenges have to do with leadership that lacks character, stressing that “by character, I mean distinctive qualities that overcome the challenges we have as constituencies and organizations. Let’s learn to be gracious. I am sad over the mean behavior of my fellow black man. African countries are plagued with several challenges such as agriculture, deforestation, bad economy, governance, education amongst others”.

He said “Transparency International shows that countries in the South-South region of Africa failed to address corruption and that Ghana and Nigeria rate high in corruption indices. However, some leaders have the will but not the character to fight corruption. The fight against corruption in Nigeria calls for integrity and wise approach so that it will not conflict with the lives of the people”.

He also maintained that Nigeria commands about 75 per cent of the African population.

“Nigeria has the pride and integrity. Most African countries cannot meddle with you people”, Rawlings said.

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