Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Insecurity - Jonathan Urges Nigerians Not to Be Deterred, but Hopeful, Watchful

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday urged Nigerians not to be deterred or be weary in spirit as the Federal Government was partnering with security agencies to overcome the evil confronting the nation.

Jonathan gave the charge at a Presidential National Breakfast Prayer held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

"Nigerians must be hopeful, focused and watchful to overcome all that is evil confronting the nation.

"Today as we pray, our thoughts no doubt will be dominated by the challenges facing our nation, particularly that of security.

"Providence has placed us all at our various posts at this particular time in our nation's journey to greatness, therefore, we must not be deterred or be weary in spirit at this time.

"We should remember the saying of the scriptures that with men, it is impossible but with God all things are possible."

The president noted that the breakfast prayer was coming after the Easter, a period when every Christian was expected to be focused, rededicated and reborn.

He, therefore, enjoined all Nigerians to always pray to God for divine guidance in battling all forces of evil who were bent on causing social disaffection among the peace loving people of this nation.

"In the book of Jeremiah, God said if you seek me with all your heart, you will find me.

"May we seek him with all our hearts, empower us to overcome all the evil forces trying to derail this nation, may we seek him with all our hearts to let his light shine over our nation and to guide us in leading our great nation to its destined goal."

Jonathan, who described the breakfast prayer as a way ordained to link up with "our creator", challenged Nigerians to always do the right thing, individually or collectively to move the nation forward.

"This breakfast has become one forum to establish link at the Presidential Villa.

"The first time I addressed a prayer breakfast at this villa was in 2010 and on that occasion, it was a time of thanksgiving and deep reflection over God's goodness and faithfulness to us.

"I believe that all of us, if we begin to do what is right individually and collectively, surely we will take our country to the destination we expect.

"We pray that God should use all of us Nigerians who know the right thing to do, to use all of us as change agents because if all of us do what is right, this country will continue to be a great nation," he said.

In his remarks, the Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba said that the prayer programme was to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord with the president and to also thank God for his mercy.

According to him, the Jonathan-led administration has gone through rough times but God is in control.

"Just like the children of Israel, it was thought that they will not get to the Promised Land, but God has been faithful and He will lead us through.

"God did not take us this far to take us back but to the Promised Land. God has been faithful and he will not abandon us, we will not fail we will not fear the giants," he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Pastor Emmanual Kure of the Throne Church, Kafanchan, led the prayer for Nigeria.

He was joined by Jonathan, the Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel and other clergies at the prayer session.

The Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Moshe Ram, read the first lesson from the book of Deuteronomy 28: 1-10, while the former Head of the Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan took the second reading from Romans 8: 18-27.

In his exhortation, Pastor Afolabi Falola from a Kano-based Church said that God had great plans for any country that would serve him diligently.

While referring to the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, Falola said that God was ready to bless and lift up a nation that would obey him and do his will.

He also said that all adversaries of Nigeria would fall with payers.

Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, the Secretary General of the Catholic Church also offered prayers for the President and the nation.

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