Former President Goodluck Jonathan has enlisted the support of other ex-presidents and Prime Ministers in West Africa to mitigate election-related conflicts to promote peace in the region.
Mrs Ann Iyonu, Executive Director, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) announced this at a news conference in Yenagoa on Friday, March 5.
Iyonu said that the former leaders’ group christened West African Elders Forum (WAEF) was inaugurated by Jonathan at a virtual meeting held on Thursday.
She said that WAEF was an initiative of the GJF aimed at harnessing the goodwill, expertise, and experiences of former leaders to promote peaceful elections and deepen democracy in West Africa.
According to her, the forum comprises three former leaders of Nigeria, Ex-President Jonathan, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Retired Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar
From outside Nigeria are Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde.
Other leaders that participated in the event are Aminata Toure of Senegal, Amos Sawyer of Liberia, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin Republic, and Dioncounda Traore of Mali.