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Confab Report Useful, Jonathan Tells Buhari

Posted: May 27, 2015 at 8:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa  –  Abuja


President Goodluck Jonathan has tasked the incoming government of Muhammadu Buhari to appreciate the good contributions of every Nigerian towards nation-building irrespective of political party or creed.

He spoke at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday when he was decorated with the “Peace-Loving Global Citizen” Award by the Universal Peace Forum, led by prominent lawyer, Mike Ozehkome.

The President made reference to the National Conference report which he was looking forward to implement before he lost the presidential poll to Buhari.

He expressed his hope that the incoming administration would take time to appreciate such contributions of Nigerians from every part of the country in the efforts to build a greater nation.

“Everybody knows about the prediction of Nigeria disintegrating, and anything could have made that prediction come through; after all, we fought a civil war for about three years before as a nation.

“We have our challenges; of course, we had a National Conference and the idea of the conference is to look at these weak cleveages we have in this country.

“And we just finished that conference and we are thinking about how to implement it so that Nigeria will become more stronger and united nation.

“I cannot be a party to disintegration of the country. But I’m quite pleased with what has happened, we have a country; country will be more united.

“I believe and do pray that the incoming government should appreciate the contributions of everybody and see how we run Nigeria as a country that belongs to everybody, for all citizens; irrespective of political persuasion or creed; that is what I stand for.”

The President enjoined Nigerians generally to strengthen the weak cleavages abound in the country and not to exploit them for negative uses; even as he preached that everyone must be ready to make sacrifices.

Accepting his latest award with gratitude, Jonathan said he would not be party to the disintegration of Nigeria, which was one of the reasons he conceded victory to Buhari after the presidential polls.

He said even if he ruled Nigeria for the next 25 years, he would not be at peace with himself if it led to the deaths of Nigerians.

“I took that decision (to concede to Buhari) because I told those around me that no matter the ambition, the nation comes first”,  the President stated.

He therefore reminded the public that his Vice-President, Namadi Sambo and their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) equally deserved the encomuiums poured on him since his historic telephone call to congratulate Buhari after the March 28 poll, since they were all bound by that his singular action.

In his remarks, Ozekhome praised Jonathan’s gesture, which ?he pointed out had positively put Nigeria on the world map.