"We believe that no matter what an individual think he is, if God doesn't want you to succeed in achieving anything, you will not. You will get so close to it but at the end of the day, you will not get it. And I believe God is with us, I believe God blessed this country," he said.
Continuing, Jonathan told the congregation that "you go to some countries, some of our brothers and sisters because of their desperation tend to do things that are anti-social. Some are even in prisons and so on. But still, there is enormous respect for this country. People believe that Nigeria is a country that can continue to lead the continent of Africa.
"We have countries that are ahead of us in terms of the economy, in terms of technology but they still believe that Nigeria is the country that will lead this continent because they have seen the potentials in our country. I remember the second time I met President Obama after 2011 elections and he said that Nigeria has the potential to lead Africa and Nigeria has the potential to be a great country.
"He said in America, we have over 25,000 Nigeria medical consultants working in the health system, not just people with MBBS but consultants, over 25,000. And that today if all these Nigerians leave, we will have a lot f challenges in the health system of America. And that is the president of the number one country now. He believes that Nigeria has a lot f potentials. All what we need to do is to make sure that we continue to do things rightly.
"That is why I always plead with my fellow politicians that yes we must play the politics but let us take the interest of the country more than our own individual interest and as we continue to play the politics in that direction, leaders will come and go but the country will stay. Luckily, we have a constitution that nobody will be a governor or president forever. It is only in the parliament that you can be there till you die.
"As long as we consider the interest of our country, children, grand children and we begin to plan for the next generation instead of wasting all our energies to think about ourselves, before we get to the next 100 years, the country will be better. Nigeria can even change in the next few years and things will be better for everybody."
The president noted with confidence that the country would better in 2014, adding: "Even in the power sector that people always make reference to, since we have been able to do be first phase of privatisation and generation and distribution have been handed over to the private sector, we believe that even before the middle of this year, power will be reasonably stable and that will stimulate the economy. I believe and I am convinced that 2014 will be a better year than 2013."
Earlier, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, had said the challenges facing the nation was not peculiar to it. "My brothers and sisters, these problems are not only in our nation. You only need to read the Pope's letter to realise that all over the world, we have problems of corruption, human trafficking, drug abuse not to talk of wars and fratricidal killings. We ask you Lord to come to our aid and defend our nation," he said..