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Former president of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has advised young people around the world to unite with the old so as to forge a common front. Jonathan spoke on Friday, September 8, in Sarawak, Malaysia, as a guest at the International Summit on Peace organised by the Junior Chamber International. 

He also noted that “the conscience and integrity of leaders are germane to solving societal problems.” Making a presentation at the event, the former president quoted the late Maitama Sule on the reason the youth must relate well with elders in any society.

“As an organisation of dynamic young global citizens aiming to positively impact our world, I had expected that JCI would be seeking the attention of a youthful serving leader, to inspire the world’s young, at an important Summit as this.

“But then I took a second look at your theme and consoled myself that even as a former president and a much older person, I may not, after all, be an unsuitable choice. “This is because both the young and the old have key roles to play in matters of leadership and peace,” he said. 

Jonathan thanked the organisers and added: “I have to say that I am encouraged by the successes recorded by your organisation in galvanising young people around the world for good causes and promoting peace on our planet. 

“I believe that if more societies and organisations would join JCI in this crusade for global peace, the world will be a better place for all of us." 

He said he had earlier thought that the JCI would look for a younger and dynamic person for the presentation instead of him. He however changed the thought saying: “This consideration also reminded me of a statement by one of Nigeria’s elderstatesmen and sage, Alhaji Maitama Sule, who died just two months ago. 

“He once said: ‘The young breed without the old breed will breed greed’. I believe, in saying so, he meant that the young and old must come together for a better tomorrow.”

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