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2011: Jonathan’s performance should determine contest – Cleric

By Udo Ibuot

PRESIDENT of the North-West Nigeria Union of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nigeria, Pastor Adebisi Ola, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s performance during this short tenure should determine whether he would be allowed to run for the 2011 presidency.

He said the coming of Jonathan had already uplifted the international outlook of Nigeria as a nation, adding that his recent visit to the United States had placed Nigeria in the rightful position of the leader of Africa.

Ola who was briefing newsmen on the state of the nation in Lagos, yesterday, said a situation where people had been agitating for the next president to come from a particular area was not ideal for the country.

The pastor also said it was wrong for the agenda of any political party to be forced on the whole country, adding the National Assembly should legislate for two political parties in the country.

He advised that the country should look for credible leaders with ability to rule, stressing that this would lead to accountability and enable the country to move forward.

Ola who congratulated Jonathan on his recent appointment, urged him to focus on the provision of uninterrupted electricity supply, good roads, water, cleanliness of the environment and security of life of citizens.

He said: “Good roads will lead to commerce. The problem of Lagos is rearing its ugly head in Abuja because we did not learn to provide good roads.”

Describing the late President Umaru Yar’Adua as a prudent manager of funds and resources, Ola said his seven-point agenda and the setting up of a 22-member electoral reform panel were some of his lofty programmes that ill-health denied him from executing.

On the Niger Delta, Pastor Ola advised that this was the moment for the people to join hands in supporting Jonathan, adding: “It would be foolish for them to throw the bombs again.”


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