Churches helped to preserve Nigeria’s unity – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday thanked Nigerians and Nigerian churches for their fervent prayers for him and the unity of the nation, pointing out that without such prayers, Nigeria would have disintegrated.
He spoke at the 2013 Jubilee Word Festival of the Word of Life Bible Church (WLBC), Warri, Delta State, hosted by the church founder and president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejeafor.
The festival, with the theme, ‘Recover All’, also marked the 26th anniversary of the church and Oritsejafor’s birthday.
Jonathan, who read the first Bible lesson from Psalm 106, reflected on the myriad of challenges facing the country and urged Nigerians not to relent in their prayers, which have kept the nation united.
“But for the prayers of the church, this country would probably have gone into oblivion”, declared the President”.
who promised though, that he and his team would on their part ensure that necessary steps were taken to fix the economy and make life bearable for Nigerians.
Nation building remains a task for all citizens, he stressed but lamented that religious extremism has led to violence and deaths whereas “our citizens remain our best resources which are hard to build”.
Jonathan referred to the crises in Syria, Libya and Egypt, with ripple effects on the menace of Boko Haram in Nigeria, but declared that because the citizens are very religious people and pray fervently, God is still with Nigerians.
“By the grace of God, this terrorism will end in Nigeria”, said the President as he urged Nigerians to continue to cooperate with security agencies and “God’s everlasting superior powers will prevail and overcome”.
He ruled out compensation for victims of Boko Haram bombings and attacks, but assured the nation that: “I’m sure government will set up a body to see how we can assist the victims”.


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