Daily Trust (Abuja)

25 July 2014

Nigeria: Jonathan - We'll Shock World With 2015 Elections

Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan says Nigeria will surprise the whole world in 2015 by conducting peaceful and credible elections.

Jonathan was speaking at the State House in Abuja Thursday night at the breaking of Ramadan fast with members of the diplomatic corps and senators.

He said: "I know that one thing that is dear to your hearts is what the elections in this country will look like next year. But let me use this unique opportunity to reassure you and I'm conveying this to my brothers, your heads of government, that our elections next year will be free and fair. It'll be so peaceful in nature that it'll even surprise the whole world".

The president, who urged prayers for peace and security, also charged the Muslim faithful to beseech Allah to forgive and guide terrorists to the righteous path.

"Let us take the opportunity of this season to ask Allah to forgive them and guide them back to the path of righteousness and holiness. I wish to call on Your Excellencies and all Muslims who are praying during this period, especially during the night of Majesty, to pray for peace and security to reign.

"Let us also pray for Allah to guide the leaders as well as the followers and give them wisdom, wisdom to work for the development of their respective countries, especially those facing civil strife, political instability, militancy, terrorism and financial crisis.

"As a nation with a large Muslim population, Nigeria joins the rest of the Muslim world to celebrate this season with fraternal solidarity and prayers for peace and security throughout the world. It's prayers that Allah will imbue the people of the world with compassion and forgiveness to enable them to surmount the challenges of conflicts and wars in order to achieve global peace and harmony", he said.

In his remark, Dean of Diplomatic Corps and High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria Mohammed Salladeen commeded Jonathan for joining Muslims in observing the Ramadan fast.

"May Allah grant you all the guidance necessary to do your job, to save Nigeria in order to save Africa and to save the world. We want to assure you that the international community will be with Nigeria to bring our knowledge and all we can do to help your country get out of the challenges", he assured Jonathan.

Speaking to State House journalists later, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior, Atiku Bagudu, said his colleagues reiterated their support to Jonathan's administration.

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