President Jonathan Calls On ECOWAS Leaders To Support General Buhari

President Jonathan Calls On ECOWAS Leaders To Support General Buhari

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has urged the Economic Community of West African state (ECOWAS) to extend the same hand of friendship and co-operation enjoyed his government by his government to the incoming  government.

Speaking on Tuesday, May 19th 2015, at the 47th ordinary session of ECOWAS, President Jonathan said he was delighted that democracy has come to stay in the West Africa nothing that elections in the region were largely peaceful and have consolidated democracy in the sub-region.

“The personal chemistry and rapport that i have enjoyed with each one of you my brother and sister presidents greatly facilitated the decision we were able to take and the concrete measures we took on behalf of our sub region.”

“As the new administration takes over, i am confident that the bond of friendship between Nigeria and each member state of our cherished organization and Nigeria’s role within the ECOWAS would even grow stronger.”

“I urge you all to extend the same hand of friendship and fraternal cooperation that i have received from you to my successor.”

“The future of our organization is in good, safe and capable hands. I shall, even out of office, continue to give my modest support to our noble cause of unity, peace, stability and development of our sub-region.”

President jonathan recalled his tenure as ECOWAS chairman and his contributions towards restoring democracy after a military coup in 2010.

“Happily, through dogged efforts on our part, we were able to resolve it and the country returned to democratic rule,”
“General Salou Djibo who oversaw the return to constitutional rule in Niger is today a student at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria.”
“We are also pleased that our brother, President Alassane Ouattara (Ivory Coast), took his rightful place and went on not only to provide leadership to his country, but also as chairman of ECOWAS.
“Similarly, in both Guinea and Guinea Bissau, we remained focused on the goal of ensuring that viable political solutions were found for the political and security challenges that they were experiencing.”
“That peace and stability and democratic governance have returned to these brotherly countries underscores our commitment to finding viable solutions to the problems of our sub-region.”
“As co-mediator, I visited Mali and met with all the stakeholders in early and difficult times of the crisis in the effort to return to democratic rule, maintain peace and articulate viable political process.”
“Nigeria participated in all the negotiations and meetings coordinated by ECOWAS at various venues that eventually produced a political timetable for the holding of democratic elections in Mali.”
President Mack sally was elected as the new chairman of the organisation succeeding President John Mahama of Ghana.

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