Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed why the 2014 National Conference was convened.
Jonathan said the National summit was held in 2014 to address issues that were causing division and discord in the country at the time.
He stated this at an event in Abuja commemorating the first Nigerian President, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, which was organised by the Igbo Nsukka United Front, a socio-political group.
The former President, who received the Zik merit award, stated that the government must address Nigeria’s diversity immediately to improve the country’s socio-economic development.
He said: “When I convened the 2014 National Conference as President, I intended to create an environment that would enable our citizens to dispassionately address those issues that are pushing us towards divisive politics and sowing the seeds of discord in our polity.
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“I believe that, in a complex and diverse country like ours, the journey of nationhood and march to greatness is not a sprint but a marathon.
“However, to get it right, we need to do much more to unite our people and integrate our society, to build a nation of selfless patriots and citizens, citizens as defined by the Greek philosophers.
“That is the type of country envisioned by our nationalists.
“That is the only way to turn our huge population, rich diversity and the outstanding resourcefulness of our people into a positive force that would transform and enhance the greatness of our dear country.
“I do not doubt in my mind that God Almighty has deposited in our land and in our citizens, the indefatigable spirit and creativity to unite, work and relate harmoniously and make our country great.”