Terrorists won’t distract me from good governance - President Jonathan Assures Nigerians

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday promised that the “evil machinations” of terrorists and their allied were not capable of distracting him from successfully implementing his administration’s transformation agenda. He said he would continue to count on the support and prayers of Nigerians in his government’s bid to achieve peace, harmony, progress and prosperity in the country. Jonathan said this in his Eastermessage to Nigerians made available to journalists by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. The President said although his administration had already made notable progress in achieving sustained development, he would not rest on his oars. He said, “My belief in our ability to overcome all retrogressive and divisive forces in our midst and build a strong, united and prosperous nation by turning our unique diversity into a source of strength remains unshaken and we will continue to work with all interest groups and stakeholders in the country to achieve the peaceful, secure and politically stable conditions essential for rapid socio-economic development. “In spite of the evil machinations of terrorists, criminals and their collaborators, our administration remains ardently focused on efforts to successfully execute the Federal Government’s Agenda for National Transformation and achieve sustained development. “We have already made notable advances in this regard. As a result of our efforts and those of previous administrations, the Nigeria economy is now the largest in Africa and the 26th largest in the world. “But we cannot afford to rest on our oars. Much remains to be done and we will continue to count on the patriotic support of all Nigerians as we strive to achieve more inclusive economic growth, generate more national wealth and create more employment opportunities to meet the demands of our increasingly youthful population.” He urged Nigerians as they celebrate Easter to reflect on the significance of its lessons of piety, obedience to higher authorities, self sacrifice for the good of others, redemption, salvation, deliverance, renewal and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. According to the President, these lessons of Easter and other injunctions on brotherly love, peaceful co-existence, tolerance, honesty, humility, justice, equity and fairness to all without discrimination contained in the Gospels are of particular importance to Nigerians as they continue to contend with the challenges of nation-building and development. He urged them to renew their faith and confidence in their ability as a people to overcome all obstacles, challenges and threats to national progress and well-being, including terrorism and other criminal attacks in some parts of the country. The President commended the leadership and delegates to the ongoing National Conference whom he said had shown a patriotic and praiseworthy commitment to national unity, peace and progress built on justice, fairness and equity for all component parts of the country. As the Conference breaks into committees to continue its deliberations, he said he hoped that its outcome would be meaningful and enduring contributions towards strengthening national unity and fulfilling collective desire for a better and greater nation. Jonathan again commiserated with families who have lost loved ones in recent terrorist attacks. He said his thoughts and sympathies remained with all those who have suffered injuries from the attacks. While praying for their speedy recovery, the President promised to continue doing everything possible to assist them with required medical services and material support. He added that the nation’s Armed Forces and security agencies will continue to do their best to curb such attacks and restore full security to all parts of the country. The President said Nigerians must however become more alert and vigilant, and do all that they can to give security operatives the fullest possible assistance, support and cooperation they require to achieve more effective protection of lives and property across the country. “We shall continue to count on your support and prayers for greater peace, harmony, progress and prosperity in Nigeria. “May God Almighty bless our dear nation and guide us, always.
Happy Easter to you all,” the President concluded.
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