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Attitudinal change, key to dev, Jonathan

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday that for the country to move forward, Nigerians must imbibe a culture of change for the better.
Jonathan stated this at the Christmas Day Eucharist celebration held at the Cathedral Church of Advent, Anglican Communion, Life Camp, Abuja.

While wishing Nigerians a Happy Christmas, the Vice President noted that the ills in our society was as a result of the unwillingness of people to change from the “bad order of the day”.

“Change is not an easy thing. For those who did elementary physics, we remember the Newton Law of  motion. The first law of motion is that every object likes to remain where it is and when it is moving, it  likes to continue to move.

“In human society, people always want to do things in a particular way they are used to. It is always difficult to change. But if we must move forward, then surely we must do things differently,’’ he said.

The Vice President thanked Nigerians, particularly, the Church, for the genuine prayers for the quick recovery of President Umaru Yar’Adua who is attending to his health in Saudi Arabia.

“This is a very challenging period for us as a nation, very tempting. For those of us who are in government, it is like a family where the bread winner is the father. He is in charge of giving money for the food, even though the mother will be the one to prepare the food.

“He takes care of the health needs of the family. He takes care of school needs. Then all of a sudden, he is incapacitated. Of course, that family will be in trouble.

As a nation, the condition we are in is similar, when the  President is away for quite some weeks now facing a major health challenge,’’ he said. We have to use this opportunity to thank you all for your commitment, your sincerity and your prayers for the president and most especially for your prayers for the country.

“We know that no matter the problems we have as a nation, with God on our side we will surmount them. We know and we believe that God that created this country knows that this country must move forward. God that places Nigeria in a strategic position to move Africa is not a God that tells lies. We believe that God will surely see us through,’’ he added.

Earlier, in his sermon, the outgoing Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most
Revd. Peter Akinola, urged Nigerians to imitate God’s heart of self_giving and shun selfishness.

Akinola had also condemned the precarious state of the Nigerian roads, education and medical sectors and called on the government to address the situation.

Intercessory prayers were offered for the nation in general and for the quick recovery of the president by the congregation.

Jonathan was accompanied by his wife, Dame Patience, his mother, Madam Ayi and his children. Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and his wife, Victoria, were also at the service.


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