Nigeria?s President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to world leaders, international organisations and Nigerians alike, to give their maximum support to ensure the stability of the administration of the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
Jonathan, who made this appeal on Thursday, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, also reaffirmed that he decided to concede defeat in last month?s presidential election because of his abiding conviction that one does not have to scuttle national progress for personal ambition.
The former governor of Bayelsa state stated that since assumption of office, he had been involved in settling political upheavals in some African countries and will not want Nigeria to experience what such countries passed through.
Speaking at different meetings with the new ambassadors of France, Mr. Denis Guaer; Senegal, Mr. Baboucar Sambe; and Ethiopia, Samia Zekaria Gutu who were in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to present their letters of credence to Jonathan, the President called on all Nigerians to do their utmost to help the incoming president succeed in leading the country to greater heights of accomplishment.
?Democracy has to be nurtured to grow. Strong democratic institutions are the backbone and future of our democracy. They must be protected and nurtured. As for me, as a matter of principle, it is always the nation first.
?You need to have a nation before you can have an ambition. It should always be the nation first. You don?t have to scuttle national progress for personal ambition,? he said via the statement.
The French ambassador reportedly commended Jonathan for setting a record of humility, patriotism and courage in safeguarding the democratic process in Nigeria and Africa.
He said: ?Nigeria is not only an economic power in the world today, but also a great democratic example. And it is all by your effort, Mr. President.
?The last elections and your response was truly a great achievement and you will always be remembered for it?.
The new envoys assured him that they will do their best to strengthen relations between Nigeria and their countries during their tenure.
Source: Global Village Extras