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Jonathan Urges Nigerian To Have Faith In Nigeria  print

Published on December 10, 2012 by   ·   9 Comments

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the country as government was doing its best to address the numerous challenges confronting the nation.

The President said this at the 2012 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, organised by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON).

Represented by the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, Jonathan said that the present administration would not relent in its efforts to improve the standard of living of Nigerians.

According to the president, Nigeria’s challenges are not peculiar and insurmountable; they just require strong support and understanding from the citizenry to overcome them.

Jonathan said the Federal Government remained committed to the development of the economy for all Nigerians, irrespective of their status and religious backgrounds.

He urged Nigerians to use the season of Christmas to reach out to their compatriots who were in dire need of assistance, noting that Christmas was a period of love and faith.

In his Christmas message, the presiding bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo, urged Nigerians to use the Christmas season to reflect on the challenges confronting the nation.

He, however, urged them to stop complaining about the difficulties but to keep faith with God as no situation was too big or difficult for Him to handle.

Okonkwo called on those in positions of authority to seek God’s favour at Christmas by impacting on the lives of the less-privileged in the society.

“God knows all the problems confronting us as individuals and as a nation; He will not abandon us if we truly seek his help.

“This is the time to sincerely return back to God with all our hearts, let us make up our minds to worship God in truth,” he said.

He prayed that God would touch the hearts of those carrying arms against the government and innocent civilians so that they would resort to better ways of expressing grievances.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that lessons at the event were read by the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, wife of the Benue governor, Mrs. Dooshima Suswam and Dr. Tom Adaba, among others.

Choral groups from the NTA, FRCN, VON and some churches in and around the FCT performed popular and special Christmas songs at the event.

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9 Comments for “Jonathan Urges Nigerian To Have Faith In Nigeria”

  1. Ayour Pee

    Dear Mr. President, i hear you! Much as i had tried to continue keeping faith in this country, there seems to be little or no hope left. Where do i start from? Is it from the failing business climate? Is it power? Is it education that has lost it values (despite being more expensive)? Is it high cost of food? Is it housing? is it decaying infrastructure? Is it reading billions of Naira stolen everyday when I dont have a dime in my pocket? Is it high rate of insecurity? Tell me because i dont know where lies my hope.

    Even though you arent the main cause of our problem, Mr. President, you seems to have compounded the problems simply by accepting to heap on your head the problems you cannot solve? Did i hear you say 2015 (again!)? … If so, my faintest hope is getting even dimmer!!!

    • Seun

      Which faith should we have?

      Building a new residence for your deputy for 16billion?
      Building a new/befitting conference hall in Aso Rock
      Building new residences for Principal Officers of the National Assembly
      The mess in NNPC,
      The mess in Pension Funds Management?
      Subsidy Scam?
      Kidnappers that are never arrested?
      Innocent Nigerians that are being killed in the name of Boko Haram?
      Dreath in the Education Sector?
      Land scam in FCT?
      Farouk Lawan Fraud, no solution? And common goat thieves in rotting in jail?
      Babalakin

  2. Seun

    Which faith should we have?
    Building a new residence for your deputy for 16billion?
    Building a new/befitting conference hall in Aso Rock
    Building new residences for Principal Officers of the National Assembly
    The mess in NNPC,
    The mess in Pension Funds Management?
    Subsidy Scam?
    Kidnappers that are never arrested?
    Innocent Nigerians that are being killed in the name of Boko Haram?
    Dreath in the Education Sector?
    Land scam in FCT?
    Farouk Lawan Fraud, no solution? And common goat thieves in rotting in jail?
    Babalakin suddenly is a patient at LUTH?
    Fraud, Fraud, Fraud
    Which faith do you want Nigerians to have?
    Don’t you even think 2015 is rather too far brother?

  3. naubiko

    @Ayour Pee…I think this man is just burying his head under the sand and praying that the problem we have will just disappear. Having faith and laziness don’t work.
    He is clueless !!

  4. Mamman Bako

    Next time you see a shoeless man, buy him shoes. If not he might end up being your president. We must learn from this experience. Mr. Prez, this is sad, what are we really keeping faith in? Nigeria or your leadership?

  5. Wale

    Brother man just do your job for the next two years and get the fork outa there;
    you just messed it up for the rest of minorities; So Ibos and the rest Ijaws and The Isokos should forget about it. The game is on between the Yoruba and the Hausas now.

  6. john ufot

    When will this president be sober?

  7. loco

    I wonder what people expect from this president, apart from poverty, insecurity and death. Remember he has publicly said he is a benefactor of alayemasingba who was and still remain a thief, a convicted fraudster and run away rogue. Show me your friends and I will know who you are, I am sure obasanjo will be regretting his selection of this man. Meanwhile, british police are still waiting on alayemasingba, tell him to visit UK or Europe if truly he is a man.

  8. Dot

    Who will listen to a chicken pretending to be a hawk, when as the man who refuses to have anything encouraging for his mother country Achebe said “things fall apart”. Snoopy Jonathan who is still asleep in the belly of the beast having a nightmare, wake up to reality. It is not a dream, it is real these Boko Haram,lack of electricity, no roads, lack of decent infrastructure and other joys of a poverty stricken nation. If Jonathan could just improve security, roads and tackle corruption people will be able to wait for kerosene to light than lamp at night and some even deselect fir their generators. Does Jonathan expect Nigerians to continue to have hope when there is none in sight? Crush Boko Haram and forget about the international community, because when the US felt threatened by Osama Bin Laden they hunted him down and killed him like a chicken, not even a dog. Jonathan must man up, grab the bull by the horns and steer this ship of state. Timidity will leave a horrible legacy for Ijaws and Soth South for generations to come. what is so difficult that Jonathan cannot build new refineries, or coal fire peer plant in Enugu? Why always everything around oil, what about agriculture? I must say where dd he receive his Ph.D from and which Professor oversaw his thesis? Even still did he write one, because after two years of his own term and nearly same of Yar Adua’s, he should have gained some experience on how to run a complex country like Nigeria. His mid term grade=F. If he improves electricity generation, completes new roads connecting the different regions, fires our illiterate police heads and brings in new blood, strengthens EFCC, kills as many Boko Haram as possible until the soil turns bright red, gets the refineries working at full speed and jails all subsidy thiefs then maybe he will receive a passing grade. But as for now, the girl or should we call him mama’s boy is a failure.

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