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Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria has urged Nigerians to strive towards using the general elections this year to birth a new country.
He stated this in his new year message to Nigerians on Saturday.
Jonathan said that despite the challenges faced in the past year, the new year offers an opportunity for a new beginning.
He said, “Last year was, without a doubt, filled with gains and losses. As a country, we experienced a devastating flood that resulted in the death of many lives and the destruction of property and sources of livelihood of millions of citizens.
“As a people, we survived the horror of the flood amid other national challenges, lived with hope unto God and faith in our nation, and triumphed into this New Year.
“This year holds great possibilities for us all. We must harness the opportunities that lie within the length and breadth of our nation.
“We must see the election as an opportunity to birth a new country and overcome the challenges of the past years. Let us put the nation’s interest first in all our conduct this year.
“The ballot serves as the most suitable vehicle for achieving our shared dream of peace, justice, unity, and prosperity.
“This year, let us be purposeful in our actions, abide in faith and love toward God and country, and eschew all negative tendencies and sentiments that would diminish our collective fortunes of unity, peace, and progress.
“We thank God for the gift of life and the opportunities the New year 2023 presents to us as individuals and as a nation.”