Politicians across African countries are systematically replacing military coups with civilian coups going by recent trends in the political sphere, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has said.
The former president stated this while speaking after he was honoured with an honorary degree of doctor of science at the 17th convocation of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo state, on Saturday.
He bemoaned the desperation among Nigerian politicians and pleaded with them to stop killing people for the sake of power.
TheCable quoted him as saying, “Let me plead with my fellow politicians, they should stop killing the people, destroying properties because people want to own office.”
Making preference to the last governorship election in his home state, he said, “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.”
He said something is fundamentally wrong with Nigeria’s political system.
“The way African politics is going, we are replacing military coup with the civilian coup and that cannot sustain the continent,” he said.
For the first time, All Progressive Congress (APC) won a governorship election in Bayelsa, displacing the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) since Nigeria returned democratic rule in 1999.