by Tolu Orekoya
Embattled Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan sought to kill two birds with one stone yesterday, as he reassured foreign-based Nigerians and took a shot at his home-based critics.
Speaking to a cross-section of Nigerians based in Brazil the president asked for the unity of Nigerians across the globe to build the country, and ensure its future success.
One of the problems we have is that some Nigerians play politics with everything, but we cannot destroy our country because of personal political ambitions,” the President said while denouncing the incessant and often unjustifiable criticism of his Administration, much of which, he said, was based on lies, according to the Daily Times.
The president also made a case for Nigerians to better support his administration without the incessant criticism he has been subject to over the course of his tenure. “We now have a constitutional democracy and no one can stay in office forever. It will therefore be best for our nation if we all support whoever is there for the development of the country instead of trying to pull him down by all means,”he said.
The president is currently in Rio de Janeiro attending the UN Earth Summit, Rio+20, ostensibly to talk about sustainable development but also to strengthen bilateral ties with the South American country—which could include rescuing Nigerians imprisoned for crimes in Brazil, as well as strengthening economic ties.
He also acknowledged the vital roles Nigerians abroad played in the development of the country and reassured them that he was tackling the deteriorating security situation in the country.