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Killing to get political office is ‘civilian coup’ —Jonathan

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Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has pleaded with politicians to put an end to killings for the sake of gaining political offices.

Speaking against the backdrop of the violence that marred the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States, Jonathan said that politicians were systematically replacing military coups with civilian coups.

He made this statement on Saturday when he received an honorary degree of doctor of science at the 17th convocation of Igbinedion University, Okada.

“Let me plead with my fellow politicians, they should stop killing the people, destroying properties because people want to own office,” he said.

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“What happened in the last governorship elections in my state, Bayelsa and Kogi State, especially in Kogi State where a woman was burnt alive in her house, is something that should not happen in any normal society. Something is fundamentally wrong with our political system.

“Only yesterday (Friday) in one African country, we were discussing the politics of our continent…most of us former Heads of State, Presidents, former Presidents and Vice Presidents. The way African politics is going, we are replacing military coup with civilian coup and that cannot sustain the continent.”

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