President Goodluck Jonathan has counselled Nigerians to speak good about the country, stressing that the general election is a contest among brothers and sisters.
On his official Facebook page, which boast of almost two million followers, President Jonathan said: “I want to remind us all that we have no other country other than Nigeria and as we approach the elections, it is wise that we speak good and peaceable words over Nigeria because we will have to eat our words. So let us make them sweet rather than bitter.
“We must see the coming polls as a contest amongst brothers and sisters from the womb of one Nigeria.
He urged political gladiators to avoid the use of threats and desperations in their campaign, noting that whatever the outcome of the polls, victory should be for Nigeria and Nigerians.
In a related development, the Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri, faulted claim by the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Major Gen Muha-mmadu Buhari (rtd), that Nigeria had been reduced to a failed state.
Omokri argued that although there were challenges confronting the country, Nigeria was not a failed state, stressing that it is unfortunate that a former Head of State and a presidential hopeful will speak ill of his country.
He said: “With due respect sir, Nigeria is not a failed state. Yes, we do have some challenges, but true leaders do not condemn their nation to the world.”
Omokri reminded Buhari that Nigeria was making giant strides that placed it among respected countries in the world.