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Jonathan Seeks End to Ethnicised Politics

| August 6, 2013 More

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigeria needs to end ethnicised politics. The president said this in Abuja yesterday at the 80th birthday thanksgiving ceremony of the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Tony Anenih.

Jonathan condemned inflammatory comments made by some individuals, saying the nation needs more nationalistic politicians like Anenih who, he said, enjoyed unrivalled reverence owing to his nationalistic outlook.

“We can learn from him (Anenih) because he has always been a nationalist. From him, let’s learn to sing the song of unity and use our cleavages for good and not to promote disunity. Some provocative statements have come from elder statesmen who witnessed civil war; but Tony Anenih has never made such statements. This explains why the hall is filled to capacity today”, the president said.

In his vote of thanks, Anenih called on all past and incumbent leaders of the country to learn to forget the past and move forward.

“The leaders are gathered here today and this is why we’ve asked ourselves why can’t we forget the past and move forward. I must confess that I was thrilled that President Obasanjo came to the church. This is the kind of forgiveness leaders have to show for the country to move forward”, Anenih said.

Charging the past and current leaders to jettison grievances and support Jonathan’s administration, Anenih said: “Abdulsalami Abubakar and IBB are here, they can give us peace. I believe that if all of us here put our hands behind him (President Jonathan) and genuinely advise him, even our worst enemy, Boko Haram, will be afraid”.

In his sermon, Cardinal John Onaiyekan urged public office holders to shun greed which, he said, is responsible for the high level of corruption in the country. Describing Anenih as an elder statesman and major political player in the country, the cleric asked other leaders to emulate his commitment to service.

Those present at the event included Senate President David Mark, General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda and Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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