As the nation continues to witness agitation from different quarters, former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday warned that the unity of the country is paramount.
Jonathan, who spoke when former Ministers from 1999-2015 paid him Sallah visit, added that no President can do magic if there is so much tension in the land.
Congratulating Muslims for the successful conclusion of Ramadan fast, the former President noted that without peace, no nation can grow its economy.
Commending the former Ministers for forming the forum, Jonathan said,
“We should always use this period to know that the unity of the country is paramount. We cannot develop as a nation no matter how people demonstrate. No President can do magic if there is so much tension in the land, because immediately there is sense of insecurity in any country, investors go back and when investors go back, of course, your economy will be doom.
“What improves the economy is confidence and what makes investors to have confidence is peace. Nobody wants to go and invest where you are not too sure of the security of your workers, facilities and so on.
“We should all pray and work towards that peace. That is the only way as a nation we can grow our economy.
“We should begin to reduce the cleavages and fault lines and former ministers coming together to form a political body that will look at things with national interest and advocate things that will be of use to the whole nation is quite commendable.
Explaining earlier why they came to visit the former President, the Chairman of the former Ministers’ Forum, Tanimu Kabiru Turaki said it has always been a tradition to pay Jonathan Sallah visit.
Eulogizing the former President, Turaki, who was the former Minister of Special Duties, pointed out that Jonathan’s decision to concede the 2015 General Election helped the nation.
He added that the statement of the former President that his ambition does not worth the blood of any Nigerian is a statement on the marble.