Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, a former President of Nigeria, has called for an end to the various forms of killings across several countries in Africa.
The former President’s call is coming at a time of heightened tension between South Africa, Nigeria, and other African countries over xenophobic attacks.
Jonathan made his submission during a keynote address he presented on Thursday at the ongoing International Peace Summit in Sao Tome and Principe.
In his words; “To make meaningful progress, Africans must be encouraged to treat one another as brothers and sisters, in love and unity.
“Relations within and between nations should never be allowed to degenerate to a level where citizens will resort to self-help by visiting violence on fellow Africans and their legitimate business interests.
“Growth and development can only be cultivated and sustained when leaders ensure that the rights and freedoms of citizens, as well as migrants, are respected and protected.”
Jonathan, Chairman of the African wing of the newly inaugurated International Summit Council for Peace, ISCP noted that the struggle to actualize peace in Africa and all over the World is not a decision for political leaders alone.
He urged citizens, religious and opinion leaders and all stakeholders to preach peace always, adding that: “For peace to thrive, we must first build hope in the lives of the people because hope inspires love, love promotes peace, peace engenders justice while justice guarantees freedom and trust.
“These universal virtues are central to our quest for a peaceful and prosperous continent.
“I believe that the theme, ‘Building a Peaceful and Prosperous Africa Centered on Universal Values: Interdependence, mutual prosperity, and Universal Values’, speaks directly to the need for a concerted effort towards healing a troubled world.
“I will continue to state that the dream of the ISCP is consistent with my ideals and that of my Foundation. The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, GJF, is committed to the principles that strengthen democracy, good governance, peace, and stability while promoting prosperity through youth empowerment in Africa.
“Building peace is a task for every one of us, irrespective of the position one occupies; whether as a leader or a follower, peace is an ideal which we must deliberately work for. Peace is not rained from heaven, it is a seed we plant and nurture for it to grow and bear fruits in our families, countries and the world at large.
“Peace, justice and democracy are some of the greatest ideas of our world. It is the tripod upon which sustainable development stands. Peace and development are mutually linked; none can survive in the absence of the other.”
Naija News understands African leaders including Sao Tome President Evaristo Carvalho, Prime Minister Jorge Bom Jesus, former President of Niger Mahamane Ousmane and former President of Guinea Bissau, Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo are also attending the conference.