President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has rededicated the country to God and asked Nigerians to accept the present challenges as a necessary sacrifice for a true national rebirth.
Speaking at the Second Presidential Breakfast Meeting at the Presidential Villa, on Saturday, April 14, President Jonathan, hinging his faith on Bible principles, said even the security problems encountered in some parts of the country shall come to pass.
He urged Nigerians to dedicate themselves to a united nation by living above what he called primordial divisive tendencies which could only compromise national growth.
Jonathan said, “With unwavering faith in God and renewed recommitment to the national cause by us all, I am confident that Nigeria will emerge from these trying times a stronger, more united, more stable and more prosperous nation.
“Now than ever before, our nation’s leadership needs to rededicate itself to the realisation of the grand vision of one big strong multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, diverse but united nation which steered our founding fathers.
“We must live above primordial tendencies which can only compromise our growth as a nation. We should be guided by the ideals of justice, equity, selflessness and above all the fear of God in every conduct, public or private.
“The significance that we are gathered here today still fresh from the celebration of Easter, Jesus Christ redemptive victory over sin and death on the cross of calvary, we all must be built with the spirit of selfless sacrifice as exemplified by our Lord and Master Jesus Christ on the Cross.
“Our country can only attain the lofty heights which Almighty God through Nigeria’s rich natural endowments and compelling human resources bases has preordained for us, if we as individuals are prepared to make the requisite sacrifice. Championing narrowing sectional courses does not add value to our national development efforts.”
He said as public office holders, he and other members of his cabinet owed Nigerians a sacred duty to toil endlessly for the enhanced welfare and well-being of all.
The President said he saw all his electoral promises as his article of faith and his covenant with Nigerians to better their lives.
He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the good of the country and focus on building bridges of love and to be guided by the ideals of justice, equity, selflessness and above all, the fear of God in all their conducts.
He gave an assurance them that his government would not fail “by the Grace of God”.
In a note of humility, the President conceded that those of them at the helm of affairs in the country today were not necessarily the best materials but said God had a purpose of putting them in charge, hence they need not to fail God.
He said they would work hard towards achieving peace, power, health care and other good things for the country.
Earlier, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in his exhortation entitled ‘The power of the altar’ taken from Judges 6: 25-26 regretted that Nigeria, which was a giant nation that ought to be standing, was still crawling.
He described President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda as one of the greatest things that has happened to Nigeria and signed off with “a warning to those manipulating the destiny of a whole nation, they will not go scot-free. We will ask for God’s judgment on them.”
He identified four altars, the family, Church, personal and national altar adding that the gathering of the day was that of the national altar and at the national altar there is power to change the situation of Nigeria.
At the service were former Heads of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Kenya’s Vice President, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, Governors Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Peter Obi of Anambra and Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, ministers and senior Presidential aides.