Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to the xenophobic attacks going on across Africa.
spoke during a keynote address he presented on Thursday at the ongoing
International Peace Summit in Sao Tome and Principe.
He urged African leaders to protect lives and property on the continent.
said: “To make meaningful progress, Africans must be encouraged to
treat one another as brothers and sisters, in love and unity.
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.
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.”
The conference has in attendance
serving and former 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
Jonathan, Chairman of the African wing of the newly
inaugurated International Summit Council for Peace, ISCP, added: “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.
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
“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.
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