Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has given politicians counsel ahead of this Saturday’s governorship and house of assembly election.
Speaking on Thursday, March 16, at Sampou community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State shortly after paying a condolence visit to Governor Douye Diri who lost his father, Pa Abraham Diri, Jonathan admonished politicians against do-or-die politics, saying those who aspire to rule should not force themselves on the people.
He also questioned why those who want to be leaders feel the need to impose their will on the populace.
“Leadership is not by force. It is about serving the people. So, if you want to lead the people, you cannot kill them before you lead them.
In Bayelsa, the challenges will be minimal because we do not have a governorship election on Saturday. But I urge our people to conduct themselves well.”
In other news, Lagos State Governor, Bababjide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the State Ministry of Education to look into the case of a student who was allegedly sent home from school because her bag had a sticker of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
The student called Barinada Marvellous was told to leave school in an alleged exeat letter that was supposedly signed by the school’s principal after she was caught “campaigning for Peter Obi against the wish of Lagosians”.
According to the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Lagos State Governor has authorized the removal of the principal, who will be asked to clarify the event.
“The Lagos State Government, the Ministry of Education, and all its agencies will never instruct any school principal, personnel or teacher to act in such a manner. The matter would be dealt with within the scope of our strict regulations as the reason for sending home the student is unacceptable – if true,” she said.