President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said for a nation to experience economic development, there must be political stability.
He said it was therefore important for all African leaders, including himself, to ensure that they work for political stability not only in their countries but also in their regions and the continent.
Jonathan spoke at the City Hall in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, after being presented with the keys to the city by its Mayor, Konan Ouanigbe Jean, during the first day of his state visit to the country.
He said there was an intrinsic link and a symbiotic relationship between political stability and economic development.
“Without political stability our economies cannot grow and stronger economies will help us to achieve greater political stability. We need to strengthen ECOWAS by strengthening our individual countries economically and politically. We must continue to do our best in this regard,” Jonathan said.
He pledged to continue to work with President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire and other leaders of the Economic Community of West African States to achieve greater peace, security, political stability and economic prosperity in the sub-region.
Jonathan welcomed the offer of admission by the elite Felix Houphouet-Boigny National Polytechnic in Yamoussoukro to 50 Nigerian students in the next academic year.