- Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, says countries cannot deal with the challenges facing the world today in isolation
- He says African voices must be heard in search for common solutions that benefit the whole of mankind
- Some prominent past and present Nigerian leaders and their counterparts across the world are expected to meet in Abuja for a thanksgiving service
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, is among other high-profile international speakers expected to discuss and seek practical solutions to major global challenges being faced today at the Rhodes Forum in Greece.
Vanguard, citing a statement issued by Rhodes Forum’s press officer, Agnieszka Rzepka, reports that Jonathan alongside a former president of Mali, Dioncounda Traore, will address the opening plenary session on October 6, 2017.
They will also be joined by Oxford University’s professor of globalisation and development, Ian Goldin, a former adviser to Nelson Mandela; Dominique de Villepin, prime minister of France (2005-07); and Vladimir Yakunin, co-founder and chairman of the DOC research institute, the independent international think tank that organises the forum.
Jonathan speaking ahead of the forum said countries or even continents cannot deal with the challenges facing the world today in isolation.
He said: “The challenges facing the world today – whether financial crises, armed conflicts, increasing terrorist threat and immigration on an unprecedented scale – cannot be tackled by countries or even continents in isolation. They demand profound global thinking and willingness to seek solutions through dialogue, mutual respect and open-mindedness.
“African voices must be heard in this search for common solutions that benefit the whole of mankind, and international gatherings such as the Rhodes Forum provide an essential platform for this to happen."
The ex-president said he was looking forward to contributing towards solving some of the most pressing problems facing humanity at the forum.
Meanwhile, the need for religious leaders to use their platforms to preach peace and harmony will be the focus as some prominent past and present Nigerian leaders and their counterparts across the world are expected to meet at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) soon.
Those expected at the event include Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other past and serving presidents of other African nations.
The occasion is meant to herald the golden jubilee and thanksgiving service of the founder of Living Christ Mission Incorporated, Professor Daddy Hezekiah.
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