President Yahyah Jammeh of The Gambia has said that Africa will remain grateful to Nigeria for its leadership role in the continent.
Jammeh made the statement at Nigeriaâ€™s Centenary International Summit on â€œHuman Security, Peace and Development: An Agenda for Africaâ€.
According to him, Nigeria has continued to spend its scarce resources in promoting peace, development and democracy in Africa.
â€œAfrica and the civilised world will remain grateful to this country (Nigeria) as an indispensable giant in the advancement of our African civilisation,â€™â€™ he said.
Jammeh urged Nigerians to resolve their differences and move the country forward as Africans looked on Nigeria as a role model
He called on the dominant religious groups in Nigeria to always shun acts capable of causing social unrest.
â€˜â€˜We appeal to all Nigerians to reconcile their differences peacefully and maintain Nigeria as a strong and unified power house of black Africa.
â€™â€™There is no country in the world that is comprised of one region, one religion and one ethnic group.
â€˜â€˜The beauty of Nigeria and any country for that matter lies in her cultural, religious and regional diversities.
â€˜â€˜Our diversities should be a source of strength, unity and pride and not division, weakness and violence,â€™â€™ Jammeh said.
He urged all Africans to continue to nurture the culture of peaceful co-existence and embark on industrialisation of the continent to ensure peace and development.
He said poverty could only be eradicated in an atmosphere of peace and secured environment.
In his goodwill message, President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone, urged Nigeria not to let Africa down, saying that â€˜â€™Africaâ€™s hope is in Nigeriaâ€™â€™.
He said that Nigeriaâ€™s strength was in its unity, adding that â€˜â€™no Nigerian is bigger than Nigeria.â€™â€™