Jonathan Urges Prayer, Sacrifice For Nation’s Growth


President Goodluck Jonathan

PRESIDENT Jonathan yesterday stressed the need for prayers and sacrifices to enhance national growth.

Speaking while addressing participants at the 2015 Presidential Breakfast Prayer at State House, Abuja, Jonathan said both virtues are antidotes for peace and prosperity in all nations and that the absence of either could spell instability.

He told the gathering, which included two former Heads of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Chief Ernest Shonekan: “I always said that leadership is not all about giving directives. ‎A successful leader must be ready to make sacrifices. Everything about human life, as an individual, even as a child, if you don’t make the required sacrifice, you can’t go to where you want to go.

“I’m calling on leaders at other levels. Ministers must make the required sacrifice, our lawmakers (must) because they look at all our laws. They can create crisis in the country, if they are not ready to do things the right way.

“So, all of us in leadership positions must be ready to make sacrifices. And with our prayers and with our commitment, Nigeria will surely get to where it wants to.”

He added: “I have to thank God and Nigerians for the privilege and opportunity given to me this past 16 years. That is a reasonable length of time. So, I have to thank God, first, because if God did not will it, it would not have happened.”

Also at the commissioning of the Jubilee Resort and Leadership Centre, Abuja, built by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jonathan urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of unity and work together for the good of the nation.

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  • New Nigerian

    Spot on. The masses have been sacrificing for ever – especially in the last 16 years, let those we elect into office STOP spending 100% of the revenue on looking after themselves and their interests to the detriment of the country and the masses. The masses are already down, almost driven underground, so let the change we voted for start by re-structuring and re-prioritising our economics based on the change we voted massively for….Systemic corruption and scam (at the security, revenue and allocation front) should be the first other of business…While loopholes need to be plucked, Billions need to be “sucked” from private accounts back into the treasury of the federal republic, without drama while at the same time ensuring that so-called “debt” are confirmed to be real debts and NOT our money loaned back to us just so rent seekers can perpetually suck the country dry…

  • Proud Yoruba

    Hem, exactly when did Jona start sacrificing for Nigeria?

  • David Abia-Okon

    Presidential Breakfast prayers, sacrifices, selfless attitudes only come on stage, when Presidents don’t have sufficient knowledge about problems at hand. It is like fasting and praying during the monsoon season so that the floods dry up instead of planning and strategizing to reduce the disasters that everyone knows will follow. I never heard of Obama, Cameron, Putin, Modi, Japan’s Abe, or any of the great world leaders go eat those expensive breakfasts, pay those big fat pastors to solve things that need expertise and articulate knowledge to solve. We’re still living in those past worlds, when bishops sprinkled you with anointed oils and holy water to cure your pneumonia which they believed was caused by evil forces sent by your enemies. Wake up Nigeria, spend our money on acquisition of modern savi that would move the country forward.