Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has formed the West African Elders Forum (WAEF).
The forum, comprising of respected leaders in the region, will help deepen democracy in the area, Jonathan said in a social media post on Thursday night.
“Today, I hosted the inaugural meeting of the West African Elders Forum, an initiative of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation,” the former Nigerian leader said.
“(WAEF) seeks to limit electoral violence and promote democratic stability in West Africa.
“I thank Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Ernest Bai Koroma, Pedro Pires, Aminata Toure and Amos Sawyer for their participation and commitment to the forum,” he said.
Since his 2015 election defeat, Jonathan has been preaching peace, dailogue and tolerance across Africa.
The former Nigerian leader was dubbed “hero of democracy” after calling to congratulate Muhammadu Buhari before all the results were declared.
Jonathan’s supporters said he made the call to calm tensioned nerves as Nigeria feared the outbreak of violence after election results began indicating a Buhari upset.