Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has told Nigerians not to entertain fear that the country will implode after the 2023 general elections.
The former Nigerian leader added that no matter who becomes the next president in 2023, the country will not disintegrate and will continue to experience stability.
He made the submission on Monday during a retreat and planning workshop organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Lagos.
Jonathan disclosed that the same thing was said during the 2015 elections that the country will collapse, adding that nothing happened.
He said: “When elections are coming, there is always this fear that the country will implode. But you see that the country has remained stable.
“When I was in office, (during) the 2015 elections, some people were sending words out of the country, but nothing happened at the end of the day. So 2023 will come and go and this country will remain.”
Speaking on the series of coups in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso, Jonathan said that ECOWAS is determined to ensure that peace is restored to the troubled countries.
The former Nigerian leader added that though the task given to the commission seem difficult, the committee would do its best to solve the political problem in the sub-region.
He said: “The tasks ahead of us may seem daunting given the current challenges in our sub-region but it is not insurmountable. I implore all of us to give the assignment her best shot.
“We will be seen to have done justice to this assignment if we succeed in catalyzing processes towards institutionalizing systems that will deepen democracy, people-oriented governance, and sustainable growths in our sub-region.”