Nigerian incumbent calls for order after elections

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Abuja - Nigerian incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan on Monday called on political leaders to appeal to their supporters to stop further violence in the interest of peace, stability, and the well-being of the country.

Reacting to the spate of violence which has erupted in some parts of the country following Saturday's presidential election, the Nigerian leader repeated his earlier declaration that citizens must not allow for loss of life.

"No one's political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," the President said in a statement.

"I have received with great sadness the news of sporadic unrest in some parts of the country which are not unconnected with last Saturday's elections," he said.

"I appeal to those involved to stop this unnecessary and avoidable conduct, more so at this point in time when a lot of sacrifice has been made by all the citizens of this great country in ensuring the conduct of free and fair elections," he added.

Jonathan said the nation was encouraged by the comments of the independent election monitors and observers both domestic and international on how transparent and credible the elections have been so far.

"Please remain calm, law abiding and patriotic at this very crucial moment of our history," he said. - BuaNews-Xinhua