Leadership (Abuja)

21 April 2014

Nigeria: Jonathan Decries States, LGs' Over-Dependence On FG

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday frowned at the over-dependence of the states and the local governments on the federal government for sustenance.

Speaking when the minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed led a Christian delegation to pay him Easter Day homage at the presidential villa, Abuja, Jonathan deplored what he termed over dependence on the federal government for development of the country, even as he charged state governments to genuinely use their resources to effectively develop their people.

The president also declared that those who think Nigeria will disintegrate would soon be disappointed, saying not even the activities of the Boko Haram sect can divide the country.

"Nigeria will disappoint those who are thinking that the country will disintegrate. Surely, we will overcome these tribulations. Those who think that this country will be divided into North, South East and West, or whatever, we will not," he stated, nothing that even the current insurgency cannot divide Nigeria.

"Boko Haram will not disintegrate this country. Most of you are even aware that when this incident happened in Nyanya, Nigerians from all religions, from all classes, participated in the evacuation of all the people who were affected, even before the security people arrived".

He commended Nigerians for willingly going to donate more blood than was required for the victims of the Nyanya bomb blast, saying "people came from everywhere, irrespective of their religious belief and persuasion.

"That shows that there is no criminal group, within or outside this country that can break this country. No criminal group will disintegrate this country. Boko haram will come and go. We have overcome various challenges, God willing, we will also overcome Boko Haram."

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