Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerian politicians not to instigate crisis in the forthcoming elections.

Jonathan said anyone who truly loves the country will not play the role of the villain by supporting any action that instigates violence and crisis across the nation.

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

At the conference, which has “Peaceful elections and national development,” as its theme, the former president said without peace, no meaningful development could be achieved.

“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,” he said.