Vanguard (Lagos)

1 October 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan Exhorts All to Help Build Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan Sunday solicited the support of all Nigerians in order to tackle the myriads of problems confronting the country, saying that he cannot solve Nigeria's problem alone.

He said this at the inter-denominational service to mark Nigeria's 52nd independence anniversary

According to the president, there are many Nehemiahs in the National Assembly, the Federal Executive Council, judiciary, educational and private sectors that would rebuild the nation just like God used Prophet Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.

He emphasised that the problems confronting the country were temporary and would be overcome while thanking Christians and other religious leaders who are praying in the remote areas for this government to succeed.

He expressed the determination of his administration to bring about a change in the country, noting that his administration has sanitised the electoral process, and that corruption will soon be a thing of the past in the country.

"On corruption, Transparency International that has never spared Nigeria admitted in its latest rating that Nigeria is second to America in commitment to fight against corruption. God willing we shall overcome it.

"On economic environment, at least, 249 new companies according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria have entered the market, we shall continue to work hard to create jobs.

"Also, I want to assure Nigerians we will not sleep until we stablise power in this country. Leadership at all levels is collective. One person cannot change a nation. Agreed the leader matters but he cannot change things alone. All of us Nigerians must work together to rebuild our nation.

Our men and women will change things in this country. There are so many Nehemiahs in the National Assembly, the Federal Executive Council, our judiciary, our teachers, businessmen and women and I believe God will use these Nehemiahs to rebuild the country. I can say again that Nigeria will succeed. With your cooperation we shall succeed".

President Jonathan later flagged off the one year prayer project, noting that prayer helped America determine the direction of their country and can do same for Nigeria.

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