Premium Times (Abuja)

22 June 2014

Nigeria: Super Eagles Victory, Ekiti Election, Signs of Better Nigeria - Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday in Abuja said the victory of Nigeria's Super Eagles and the Saturday peaceful election in Ekiti were signs of unfolding greatness of Nigeria as a nation.

The Super Eagles on Saturday defeated their Bosnia and Herzegovina counterparts by 1-0 at the ongoing world football tournament in Brazil, while the PDP candidate in Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, won the state governorship election.

The president, who was speaking at the Aso Villa Church, Abuja, after his investiture as the Grand Patron of the Boys Brigade, Nigeria, noted that the Eagles, by their performance, made Nigeria and Nigerians proud.

He said the peaceful conduct of the Ekiti poll was an indication that Nigeria could get the conduct of elections right.

"I'm particularly happy today because of the two events that happened on Saturday.

"First was the election in Ekiti State. I'm quite happy not necessarily because my party won the election.

"Yes, as a leader of the party, I'm supposed to be happy, but it is beyond that. I was told that there may be crisis in Ekiti because the report I got before the election, the feeling was that yes, one party might win or lose, but there will be fire and brimstone.

"I have to commend the Nigerian police and other security agencies for the way they were able to manage the election.

"Today, Ekiti is in a peaceful state, elections are over and of course to cap it all, those of you who watched the late night match, the Eagles made us proud.

"I only see this as a sign of unfolding of a greater nation coming; Nigeria will surely take its rightful in the comity of nations; all the challenges will surely pass away," he said.

The president also expressed appreciation to those who had been praying fervently for the success of the efforts by government to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.

"First, let me use this opportunity to appreciate all Nigerians because those of us who are from the Eastern Region know what civil war was.

"But since that time, this country has not passed through these threats. I appreciate the feelings of Nigerians, the endurance and the support they have been giving to the government.

"Let me also appreciate those of you who are prayer warriors for interceding day and night for God to intervene.

"I always believe that any journey to where it is good will pass through bumps. And Boko Haram is one of those obstacles but my conviction is that good will always overcome evil." he added.

He commended the efforts of Bible Society of Nigeria, which had earlier presented to him copies of the Holy Bible, translated into Nigerian languages.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the president was decorated as the National Grand Patron of the Boys' Brigade of Nigeria.

The ceremony, which was supervised by the National President of the brigade, Yandev Amaa-Bai, witnessed the presentation of the flags of Nigeria and those of the brigade to the president.

The First Lady, Patience Jonathan, also bagged the Honorary Matron award conferred by the brigade.

The Chaplain of the Villa, Venerable Obioma Onwuzurumba, was also honoured as Honorary National Patron of the brigade.

The Bible Society of Nigeria, represented by its President, Aaron Nuhu and some of the members, were also at the Villa Church to show their appreciation to the president for his support to the society.

Special copies of the Holy Bible, translated into Ebira and Igege languages, were later presented to the president.

(NAN)

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