Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has appealed to the aggrieved warring parties in Ethiopia to end conflict by embracing peace and dialogue. ayokinews.com reports
Jonathan made this known in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Ikechukwu Eze, and titled, ‘Jonathan calls for ceasefire, dialogue in Ethiopia’.
The statement reads in part, “The former President urged the warring parties to embrace dialogue and negotiations in the interest of the peace in their country and the entire continent.”
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who happens to be the Chairman of the International Summit Council for Peace (Africa), stated that ‘Ethiopians should meet as brothers, not as combatants.’
He was quoted as saying, “I call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the conflict between the Ethiopian government and those opposed to it.”
Jonathan described Ethiopia as a country that is “strategically important to Africa, being at the heart of the continent.”
Speaking further, Jonathan stated that the country of Ethiopia should not be allowed to be consumed by internal conflict.
“Africa and the rest of the world cannot sit idly as this great nation, that has played a very pivotal and vital role in human civilisation, is at risk.
“I, therefore, call on all sides to look at the bigger picture. And that is what Ethiopia means to her people, to Africa and to the world.”