President Goodluck Jonathan has often said that the blood of a Nigerian is not worth the ambition of any politician. According to President Jonathan, ‘democracy has to be nurtured to grow. Strong democratic institutions are the backbone of our democracy. They must be protected and nurtured. As for me, as a matter of principle, it is always the nation first. The president was reacting to the goodwill messages the new ambassadors of France, Ethiopia and Senegal sent. They were in agreement that the exemplary leadership displayed by the president in conceding defeat during the presidential election was unprecedented in Africa.
According to President Jonathan, ‘you must 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 pass through and what some are going through. If you scuttle a system for personal ambition, it becomes a collective tragedy. He told the France ambassador Denis Guaer, that president Francoise 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. He said that the UN has been supportive as well. Our troops, supported by regional forces, have done very well in fighting the terrorists in recent time. What we need now is support to help our people get back their lives.
“IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the politically disgruntled and the treasury looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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