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.