President Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AFP)
Lagos – President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to see the upcoming elections as "a contest amongst brothers and sisters", saying the country must come first.
"I want to remind us all that we have no other country other than Nigeria and as we approach the election, it is wise that we speak good and peaceful words over Nigeria," Jonathan wrote of his official Facebook page.
Jonathan said it was essential for the contenders to put the country first as they campaigned in different parts of the country.
"We must see the coming polls as a contest amongst brothers and sisters from the womb of one Nigeria. We must avoid threats and desperation as we make our case to the electorate," Jonathan wrote.
The country is gearing up for general elections slated for the 28th of March.
The elections which had been scheduled to start on 14 February were moved to the new date after security concerns were raised.
Meanwhile, reports say Jonathan is set to host a special edition of the Presidential Media Chat on Wednesday.
During the programme, Jonathan is expected to respond to questions from a special panel of journalists on national issues.