Jonathan urges Nigerians, world leaders to support Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday in Abuja urged world leaders and international institutions to give their fullest possible support to the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

President Jonathan also called on all Nigerians to do their utmost best to help the incoming President succeed in leading the country to greater heights of accomplishment.

At separate audiences with the new ambassadors of France, Senegal and Ethiopia, President Jonathan appealed for patience, understanding and cooperation from all stakeholders in Nigeria, which, he said Mr. Buhari will need to move the country forward to greater peace, security and progress.

Responding to the commendation of his exemplary concession of victory in the presidential elections by the new ambassadors, President Jonathan said he acted out of his abiding conviction that the unity, well-being and progress of Nigeria must supersede all personal ambitions.

“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.

“Since I assumed duty, I have been involved in quelling political crisis in some African countries and I know what they passed through and what some are still going through. If you scuttle a system for personal ambition, it becomes a collective tragedy,’’ Mr. Jonathan declared.

Speaking with the new French ambassador, Denis Guaer, President Jonathan urged France to extend the support and assistance it gave to his administration to General Buhari’s government.

“President Francois Hollande was our guest in Nigeria during the celebration of Nigeria’s centenary. He has been very supportive of the country in the fight against terrorism.

“I expect that the same warmth and goodwill will be extended to the incoming government. I expect that France will continue to work with the new administration, especially on issues of terrorism.

“The United Nations has been supportive as well. Our troops, supported by regional forces, have done very well in fighting the terrorists in recent times. What we need now is support to help our people get back their lives,’’ he said.

The ambassadors commended President Jonathan for setting a record of humility, patriotism and courage in safeguarding the democratic process in Nigeria and Africa.

“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 French ambassador told the President.

Mr. Guaer, the new Ambassador of Senegal, Mr. Baboucar Sambe and the new Ambassador of Ethiopia, Samia Zekaria Gutu, who were at the Presidential Villa to present their letters of credence to President Jonathan, also assured him that they will do their best to strengthen relations between Nigeria and their countries during their tenure.


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  • tundemash

    O’l boy, nigerians and international community do not need your sermon to do the right thing. Please stop talking and be in haste to pack and leave!

    • desmond

      WHY ALL COUNTRIES MUST IGNORE JONATHAN’S PLEA

      Buhari was sued to court on 6th January for INTENTIONALLY telling lies on oath.
      Because he can’t say he did not know he did not sit for WAEC exam in 1961.
      He was sued for falsely asserting in INEC Form that he sat for and took the 1961
      Cambridge/Wasc examination.

      Muhammadu Buhari then quickly paid and got five (5) lawyers to come defend
      him in court, but without also quickly or even up till today ever attaching any copy
      of his claimed WASC/Cambridge certificate, dated 1961, to the INEC Form.

      What sort of crooked human being is this Muhammadu Buhari that Jonathan pleads for?
      What is Buhari going to do in court on the 22nd of April, given that he has not up till today
      filed ANY paper in court since January 6th to say he has WASC/CAMBRIDGE certificate.
      Democracy and rule of law are inseparable. No country must abet an ILLEGAL government.

      • Dulles2

        NIGERIANS: WHAT A PEOPLE!!

        Nigeria is quite an exceptional country. I just saw the proof of it.
        Of all the people in the world Nigerians are the only ones who –
        despite pretending to being educated by twanging intonation –
        betray the purpose of schooling by queuing up for 5 hours in
        hot sun to cast 15.4 million votes for Muhammadu Buhari who
        was flagged in all newspapers since December 2014 as having
        submitted false WAEC claim in violation of Section 137 [1] of the
        1999 Constitution. I have been musing over this fact. I am not sure
        if it so much psychiatric as it is idiotic. With purpose of education
        in Nigeria betrayed at the polling booth on 28th March, Nigerians
        may have given credibility to Abubakar Shekahu’s Boko Haram’s
        campaign that the end result of education in Nigeria is sinful. No
        European with high school education will ever do what Professors,
        doctors, lawyers, accountants, bankers in Nigeria did voting for Buhari.

      • tundemash

        yawn ! Another amnesty miscreant just released from the amnesty camp !