Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged politicians in the country to make the forthcoming general elections violent-free.

Jonathan said those seeking elective offices should not allow their ambitions to set the nation on fire.

He stated this yesterday at a one-day conference organised by  Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, in Abuja.

Giving his remarks at the conference, which has “Peaceful elections and national development,” as its theme, Jonathan said true heroes of leadership are those who have the humility to subjugate their personal ambitions to the collective interest of their nations.

He said:  “For democracy to endure and be productive on the continent, African politicians and other stakeholders must realise that true heroes of leadership are not those whose desperation to impose their will endangers society, but those who have the humility to subjugate their personal ambitions to the collective interest of their nations.

“Our political leaders must realize that the greatest and most enduring legacy to leave behind is that of peace and development.

“We are convinced that anyone, either in government or outside government, who truly loves Nigeria, will not want to play the role of the villain by lending his support to any action that instigates crisis.

“There is no gainsaying that when politicians resort to desperate measures in the bid to occupy important political positions, they run the risk of plunging their countries into serious crises that often lead to loss of lives, degradation of values as well as destruction of private and public assets.”