by Rotimi Fadeyi

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

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 new ambassadors of France, Senegal and Ethiopia, Jonathan appealed for patience, understanding and cooperation from all stakeholders in the country, which he said, Buhari would need to move the country to greater peace, security and progress.

Responding to commendation of his exemplary concession of victory in the Presidential elections by the new ambassadors, 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,’’ Jonathan said.

Speaking with the new French ambassador, Mr. Denis Guaer, the President urged France to extend the support and assistance it gave to his administration to 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.

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