The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) on Thursday, demanded good leadership from President Goodluck Jonathan, noting that, the future of Nigeria was paramount on their mind.
They made the demand on Thursday, when they met with the president at the State House, Marina, Lagos.
President of YCE, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd.), said: “Your Excellency, our great President, we don’t need to waste any time today. We have introduced ourselves to you.
“We know you very well and we know the elders on the high table. We are pleased that we are here today to see you face to face and to thank God for what you are doing for the country and we hope all will be well for the country.
“We do not need to talk too much. Our clock is going on. We want to talk about what we want for the country and the future.
“What we want is good leadership with peace and love for the generation of our great country and for good leadership for a great country in future.”
Responding, President Jonathan appealed to politicians to do all they could to preserve the country’s unity.
He said:“No matter what we want to do, that is those of us who are aspiring to run this country or even at the state level, first and foremost, you must have a country.
“If we don’t have a country, there will be no office to hold; whether it is the office of the President or office of the Vice President or office of the minister or whatever office, there must be Nigeria first.
“My position is that let us all collectively defend and protect this country and that is why I always feel bad when people make statements that expose Nigeria as if it is the worst country on earth.