By ABUBAKAR IBRAHIM, Abuja
Reliance on foreign aid by African countries should be encouraged, rather Africans should be united and embrace peace to develop the continent, former President Goodluck Jonathan has said.
Jonathan who has emerged Africa’s latest global Ambassador for peacefully handing over to his opponent last year, gave the advice in a statement on Saturday.
According to him, only when peaceful coexistence is attained can Africa realize the dreams of its founding fathers.
“As I said during my opening remarks at the Hope Global Forums yesterday in Atlanta Georgia, “foreign aid can never help Africa grow its economy. It can only help you exist vegetatively”. “All African nations need to come together to build unity and advance peace within the continent.
“Without peace, there cannot be development and without development we cannot fulfill the dreams of our Founding Fathers for political and economic independence,” he advised.
He added that economic independence is a target we must all aspire to attain, which in turn should lead us to the next level in the continuum of maturity, which is interdependence amongst Africans.