End ‘Do or Die’ Politics to Save Nigeria’s Democracy – Jonathan Warns Tinubu

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged President Bola Tinubu to tackle the harmful practice of “do or die” politics, which threatens to undermine Nigeria’s democratic progress.

Speaking at a symposium marking 25 years of unbroken democracy, Jonathan said there is a need for a more inclusive and cohesive democratic system.

Jonathan stressed that Nigeria’s democracy must not be built on region or religion but on the principles of inclusivity and social cohesion.

He encouraged President Tinubu to build on the gains of the past 25 years, improving infrastructure, education, and opportunities for all.

“Together, let us build a Nigeria where every citizen has a voice, where opportunities abound, where the promise of a better tomorrow is not just a dream.

“We must not hand over to our children a democracy built on politics of region or religion.

“The National Assembly can also look at models that will suit us. We must address the factors that give rise to this Do or Die politics. It is inimical to consolidating democracy,” he said.

He further argued that the political class must lead by example, ensuring that the dividends of democracy benefit all Nigerians, regardless of economic status or social class.

Jonathan cautioned against the “winner takes all” approach. He, instead called for a model where all parties have a stake, even if they don’t win.

He added: “So for the honourable Vice President, we are hoping that you build more infrastructure for us, improve the quality of education, facilities, etc.

“One key thing also is that, for the next twenty-five years, you will need to build a democracy that will reduce friction.

“The number of litigations that follow every round of election in Nigeria is very disruptive. If we must have a solid and enduring democracy, this practice needs to be diluted, and I know you and President Bola Tinubu who was a key actor in the June 12 crisis, will have the capacity to navigate through that process.”

The symposium was attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima and other dignitaries.

It marked a quarter century of democratic rule in Nigeria.

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