27 May 2012

Nigeria: Country Will Not Break Up - Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan

Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan Sunday said despite the several challenges the country is facing as a nation it would continue to remain one indivisible country.

The president who stated this during the church service to commemorate his one year in office said "I want assure all Nigerians that Nigeria cannot be disintegrated by any form and the present terror attacks across the country came as a thief in the night.

From Left: President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience; Gov. Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State, and the Chief of Staff, Mr Mike Ogiedohme, at an Interdenominational Church Service to mark 2012 Democracy Day in Abuja on Sunday (27/5/12) Nan-photo

My request for Nigerians is for us to continue in prayers while we do our best to satisfy the needs of all citizens."

He said his government is committed to ensuring that the country attain its potentials.

In his sermon, the former primate of the Anglican Church, Rev Peter Akinola called on president Jonathan to ensure that corrupt people in his government are flushed out.

He told the president to "flush out from your government all political jobbers and predators that hang around the Presidency. Your government is too large, they make government redundant.

Send them back to farms to grow cassava, cocoa etc. We know you are not an army general, but since Nigerians have voted you as the commander in chief, you are a general of generals".

On the violence being perpetrated by Boko Haram, Rev Akinola urged the president not to negotiate with the group, noting that "You open yourself to ridicule if you open dialogue to a group that has made the country ungovernable. Don't treat them with kid gloves. You don't.

Dialogue with crime. The problem is not Jonathan, it is because we started in wrong way and continue same way".

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