President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President David Mark and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal have said this year's Christmas is a time for Nigerians to be united and forge ahead to build a strong and vibrant nation.
Jonathan in a Christmas message yesterday urged the people to remain faithful to his administration, saying: "No one should doubt that we have the political will and determination to deliver on our promise of positive changes in the living conditions of our people in the shortest possible time."
He said in spite of security challenges in some parts of the country that continues to distract his administration, "government remains very focused on the primary objective of achieving significant improvements in priority areas such as public infrastructure, power supply, transportation, roads, health, education, job creation, agriculture and industrialization as quickly as possible."
Jonathan expressed hope that his administration's programmes and policies will begin to yield fruits in the form of better living conditions for the people by 2013.
Mark, who spoke through his spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, urged Nigerians to continue to live in peace, love and harmony. He admonished the Christians faithful in the country to always imbibe such Christ's teaching which preaches peace, cheerful giving and love for one another.
Tambuwal, for his part, enjoined Nigerians to renew their faith in their country and work towards building a nation of their dreams. In a message by his spokesman Imam Imam, Tambuwal said with renewed faith, commitment and hard work, the country will soon realise its full potentials.
In his message, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu called on Nigerians to see the Christmas season as a time for sober reflections and return to the path of love and forgiveness.
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