The immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his shame at the way Nigeria is being portrayed to the outside world.
Nigeria’s reputation to the outside world is at an all-time low, with a spate of cybercrime and other criminal activity dominating our narrative.
Jonathan while speaking at the inauguration of the first bridge built by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, revealed instances in which the country has been mocked by the Ghanaian president, Nana Akufo-Addo.
He said: “He (Ghanaian President) said Ghana is not like Nigeria where cattle roam the streets. At another occasion in the United Kingdom, he made scathing remarks about Nigeria’s currency.
“I feel ashamed as a former President that the president of a neighbouring country used Nigeria as negative examples.
“If a neighbouring African president will use Nigeria to make negative examples, then we as leaders must know certain things are wrong in the country. That means we as leaders must change the way we do things.”
He also urged that Buhari not try to tamper with the elections to take place in Ekiti state and subsequent elections and also not to interfere with the democracy of the people
“I don’t believe anybody can defeat the PDP in Ekiti if election is going to be held.”
“I use this opportunity to call on Mr. President because I was there before. When you are there, there is so much pressure on you to use your power to subjugate democracy.
“Don’t do that because when you are going; the only thing you leave behind is your good name. If you use it wrongly, posterity will haunt you. I call on Mr. President to use his power to strengthen democracy.”