According to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria is edging closer to dictatorship.
The former president made this statement at the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese's 70th birthday celebration, which was hosted at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja.
Jonathan urged Nigerians to remain watchful and unified in order to elect leaders who will guide their country to the promised land in his speech on the event's theme, "Nigeria's Unfinished Greatness: Next Steps."
"The goal before us all is not to lower our guard, lest the democracy we adore now succumbs to dangers and recedes into fascism tomorrow. There are already indicators of this happening," he stated.
“Looking at the states and so on, we are derailing towards quasi-fascist form of government but democracy is not only about winning elections alone, it is about accommodation.
“We as leaders at the centre and at the state level, especially at this time when elections are coming must accommodate different views.”
Jonathan urged the youths that have registered for the 2023 elections to endeavour to walk their talk by making sure they vote on election day.
Dignitaries at the occasion were Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu; his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima; Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi; Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Others were Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha; and former governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson.