Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged politicians to stop seeing politics as warfare but rather as a means of developing the people.
Jonathan said this on Sunday while speaking at the Ecumenical Centre in Igbogene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, during the first-anniversary thanksgiving of the Governor Douye Diri administration.
The thanksgiving was also used to celebrate the February 13, 2020, Supreme Court judgment that ushered in Diri as governor.
The former president stressed that at the end of every political contest, politicians should sheathe their swords and work with the winner.
He praised Diri for his non-discriminatory style of politics, which ‘had seen him embrace everybody regardless of their political leanings’.
Jonathan also called for support from the people to enable the Diri administration to succeed.
He said: “Those of us in politics should learn to play politics as politics and not as a war. At the end of the process, let us come together and support the winner.
“I thank our governor for opening his mind to accept everybody irrespective of the political divide, and I urge him to do more.”
Diri thanked God for the miracle that brought him to office, saying he would forever remain grateful and committed to the service of the state.
The governor also thanked the judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court Justices, for their courage in delivering such a landmark judgment. Diri said the Justices proved that the judiciary remained the last hope of the common man.
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