By BEN AGANDE
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that despite the multifarious challenges facing the country, Nigeria will overcome with an unwavering faith in God and renewed recommitment to national cause.
President Goodluck Jonathan stated this during the second Presidential National Prayer Breakfast held at the Banquet Hall of the State House.
According to the president, the time has come for Nigerians to go beyond narrow proclivities and work towards the upliftment of the nation, guided by the ideals of justice, equity, selflessness and the fear of God in their conduct.
Yesterday’s ceremony, presided over by the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, had in attendance, the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Head of the Interim Government, Earnest Shonekan, the Vice President of Kenya, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka; the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha; Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau, Peter Obi of Anambra and Adam Oshiomhole of Edo.
Speaking on this year’s programme, the president said the prayer session was coming at a time when the country was facing serious security and developmental challenges.
He, however, noted that daunting as these challenges may appear to be, he was consoled by the biblical injunction that the prayer of the righteousness avails much.
“With unwavering faith in God and renewed recommitment to the national course by us all, I’m confident that Nigeria will emerge from these trying times a stronger, more united, more stable and more prosperous nation,”Jonathan stated.
“He continued: 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 inspired our founding fathers. We must live above those primordial tendencies which can only compromise our growth as 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.”
“Our country can only attend the lofty heights which almighty God through Nigeria’s rich natural endowments and compelling human resources based as preordained for us if we as individuals are prepared to make the requisite sacrifice” adding that “Championing narrowing sectional courses does not add value to our national development efforts.”
“I am aware that the task of national transformation is daunting one, I am however more aware that there is nothing that God cannot do. With Him on our side I am confident every stumbling block on our way shall become a stepping stone into national rebirth.
I assure you that I will strive at all times for the greatest good of the greatest number guided always by the fear of God. “By God’s grace this government will not fail, I know Nigeria will change just like the CAN President said, I always make my supplications to God that in selecting me as the President of this country, the Vice President, the Governors, members of the national assembly, the ministers, we are not the best material but God knows why he choose us and we pray He should use us to change this country.
“We believe that with God using us collectively we will be able to transform this country. We all as Nigerians we want a better country, we want a country that there would be peace, power, that will take care of our health needs, that we can move freely from one part of the country to the other, that our children will have hope. And God sometimes use most impossible cause to solve human problems and I belief God has a purpose for us and God will use us to fulfill that purpose.”
Earlier, Oritsejafor, who spoke on “the power of the altar” attributed the problem of the country to the fact that most Nigerians in the position of authority lacked conscience and that is why they can do the unimaginable.
He cited the case of the alleged embezzling of pension funds by some civil servants amongst others, concluding that it was pertinent that Nigeria builds an altar, adding that, if Nigerians, including the country’s leadership, would repent, the country’s problems will be resolved.
”One of the greatest things that ever happened to Nigeria is the transformation agenda. But it must find its expression on the altar”, he said.