BY BEN AGANDE
Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, assured that despite security challenges facing the country, the 2015 general elections will be held.
Speaking at the 2014 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service in Abuja, President Jonathan said the next Democracy Day celebration would be held when a new government would have been ushered in.
“After today, the next Democracy Day will witness a new government. I remember when I was in my village this morning to collect my permanent voter’s card, and a pressman asked me whether there will be elections in Nigeria, I told him there would be elections in this country.
“This country will continue to move forward in spite of some of the setbacks we are witnessing” he said.
The President said the insurgency being spearheaded by the Boko Haram was meant to bring down his government but that intention was thwarted by God through prayers.
“Without your prayers, it would have been worse. With your prayers, our girls will be seen by our security men. All these distractions were planned to bring this government down. Since they failed, terror will also fail. Forces of darkness will never prevail over light. I call on all Nigerians to continue to pray and with God on our side, we shall overcome.” He stated
Speaking on the nation’s 15 years of unbroken democracy in the country, he said that it is the best form of government and also provided opportunity for state governors to compare notes.
President Jonathan said his administration’s transformation policies are not mere campaign promises, as these records of achievements are verifiable.
He listed the sectors which have recorded major improvements as rail, roads, airports, agriculture, petroleum, power, industry and housing.
Pastor Goodheart Ekwueme who delivered the message reading from Phillipians 2: 9, Esther 4: 13, 2 Chronicles 7:14 noted that the circumstances Nigeria presently finds herself are similar to period of Mordecai recorded in Esther 4: 13.
“The dark moment we find ourselves now will surely transform to greatness. It is when the time is darkest that God chooses to reveal its glory. I believe Nigeria will arise. A new Nigeria is about to be born. Nigeria is simply experiencing child labour that will give way to the birth of a great nation” the pastor said
He however said that three things must be done before the rebirth would take place including genuine repentance, fear the almighty God and offer of a united prayer unto the Lord as a church.