Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Next Year Will Be Better, Says Jonathan

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Nigerians bemoan 2012.

President Goodluck Jonathan, Sunday, assured Nigerians that despite the various challenges facing the country, his government was determined to ensure that next year would be better than the previous years.

He spoke in Kaduna shortly after he laid the foundation stone of Living Faith Foundation's Bible College.

According to the President, Nigerians should not to lose hope in the country as his administration is committed to ensuring that there is positive change in Nigeria.

He said: "Let me assure all of you and indeed all Nigerians that 2013 will be better for us than 2012 in all aspects of the nation's history. The New Year shall be better for us in terms of job creation, wealth creation and improved security among others.

"Sometimes, challenges make people doubt the sincerity of government, but I am confident that God knows everything."

He said he was aware that people find it difficult to continue to believe the government because of the challenges they are facing.

The President said like the biblical Job who lost everything he had, God wants Nigerians to learn some lessons from the challenges they are facing, adding that God means well for the country.

While assuring Nigerians that the improvement being witnessed in the area of power supply would be sustained, Jonathan said his wish was that Nigerians could live without buying power generating sets.

He said his administration is committed to increasing the power generation in order to boost small scale businesses.

"Small scale businesses such as barbing salons cannot continue to buy generators to operate and break even. My wish is for Nigerians not to have generating sets," he added.

Speaking on the security challenges in the Northern part of the country, the President said security operatives were working hard to contain the situation.

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