‘Boko Haram can’t disintegrate Nigeria, says Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan declared today that the activities of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram or any other international terrorists cannot disintegrate Nigeria.

He spoke when Christian faithful in Abuja paid him an Easter homage at the Presidential Villa.

Noting that the nation is going through some challenges, he said that there is hope and that Nigeria will overcome every one of them.

The President also promised that his administration will do everything possible to continue to bring development to every part of the country.

But he harped on the need for the three tiers of government to work collectively in order vto solve every problem in the country.

He said: “Easter is the most important ceremony in Christian faith. Without his resurrection, our faith would have been in vain. His resurrection gives us hope. You will have tribulations but there is hope for you. Today we are marking that resurrection.”
“Yes, as nation, we are having tribulations but surely, Nigeria has hope. Surely, we will overcome these tribulations. Even those who think that this country will divide, those who think the country will be divided into North, South, East and West, no way. Boko Haram will not disintegrate this country.”“Most of you are aware that when Nyanya was bombed, Nigerians from all religions and tribes participated in the evacuation of people who were injured even before security arrived. People donated more blood than is required.”“That shows that no criminal group funded within or outside this country that can separate us. No criminal group will disintegrate this country. Boko Haram will come and go. We are working very hard, we are changing our approaches, God’s willing we will end Boko Haram.” He added
“To you my brethren, I thank all of you for your prayers and I promise that myself and those working with me will do our best to bring development to this country. We have challenges. We have issue of unemployment, not too long ago, there was this ugly development at the Immigration Service, because of the level of unemployment and partial employment.”
“Some are doing jobs that do not meet their qualifications, they are partially employed. So when you talk of employment in Customs or Immigration, you will see everybody rushing there.”On the need for cooperation among the tiers of government, he said: “States are semi autonomous. The President does not control state or local governments resources. Governors and local government chairmen control their resources. If all of us work in concert, we will solve most of our problems instead of trading blames. Government is one. Gods willing, we will get to where we want to be.”
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, who led the delegation, presented an Easter card to President Jonathan.

Speaking at the occasion, Senator Smart Adeyemi said: “We are happy to have a President who trusts in God. Nigeria will triumph over its challenges. Mr. President, you will succeed.”

Among the delegation are the Primate of Anglican Church, Nicholas Okoh, Senator Phillip Aduda, Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria, and the Chief Imam of Central Mosque, Abuja.

The first Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan was not at the church service or at the homage visit.

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