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Nigeria should desist from tribal hatred- Former Ghanaian President Rawlings

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Jerry John Rawlings, former Ghanaian President, yesterday warns Nigerians against promoting hate statements among tribes, saying such is not good for development.

Mr. Rawlings made the statement at the 12th Annual Lecture of University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Ekiti State branch.

He also said that Nigeria has the pride and integrity and could not be meddled with by most African countries.

He also said: “Let’s learn to be gracious. I am sad over the mean behaviour of my fellow black men. African countries are plagued with several challenges such as agriculture, deforestation, bad economy, governance, education amongst others.”

Rawlings who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event said that he is worried by the rating of Nigeria and Ghana in terms of high rate of corruption by Transparency International (TI) .

According to him: “Transparency International shows that countries in the South South region of Africa failed to address corruption and that Ghana and Nigeria rate high in corruption indices. However, some leaders have the will but not the character to fight corruption. The fight against corruption in Nigeria calls for integrity and wise approach so that it will not conflict with the lives of the people”.

He added that when Nigeria fights corruption rightly, it will not only augur well for Nigeria but Africa and the world generally, as he maintained that Nigeria commands about 75 per cent of the African population.

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