Speaking at a breakfast prayer meeting, in the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, with Christian leaders from around Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan stated that his leadership of the Nigeria is through the grace of God and not necessarily because he is the best person available for the job. The Cristian leaders were at the Presidential Villa to pray for prayed for Godâ€™s support and President Jonathan's success in transforming Nigeria.
President Jonathan said :"I always make my supplications to God that, in selecting me as the President of this country, the Vice President, the Governors, members of the national assembly, the ministers, we are not the best material but God knows why he chose us and we pray He should use us to change this country.
"We believe that with God using us collectively we will be able to transform this country. We all as Nigerians want a better country, we want a country that there would be peace, power, that will take care of our health needs, that we can move freely from one part of the country to the other, that our children will have hope."
"God sometimes uses most impossible source to solve human problems and I believe God has a purpose for us and God will use us to fulfil that purpose."
The president also emphasized his optimism that the problems of Nigeria are not too much for God to solve and Nigerians only need to trust in Him. The president added, "With unwavering faith in God and renewed recommitment to the national cause by us all, Iâ€™m confident that Nigeria will emerge from these trying times a stronger, more united, more stable and more prosperous nation.
"Now than ever before, our nationâ€™s leadership needs to rededicate itself to the realisation of the grand vision of one big strong multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, diverse but united nation which steered our founding fathers. We must live above those primordial tendencies which can only compromise our growth as a nation. We should be guided by the ideals of justice, equity, selflessness and above all the fear of God in every conduct public or private."
He also spoke about his administration's perfromance and the promises he made during the election campaigns. He said, "Our administration was voted into office by overwhelming majority of Nigerians cutting across ethnic, social, cultural and even political barriers. We therefore owe all Nigerians the sacred duty to toil endlessly for the enhanced welfare and well being of all. This is a duty I have vowed to commit my all to achieve."
"I am aware that the task of national transformation is daunting one, I am, however, more aware that there is nothing that God cannot do. With Him on our side I am confident every stumbling block on our way shall become a stepping stone into national rebirth. I assure you that our trials at all times for the greatest good of the greatest number guided always by the fear of God."
The prayer meeting was attended by Gen. Yakubu Gowon (former Head of state), Chief Ernest Shonekan, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka (Vice President of Kenya), Emeka Ihedioha (Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives), and some state governors, indluding: Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Peter Obi of Anambra and Adams Oshiomhole of Edo. Members of the federal cabinet and other presidential aides also attended the event.
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Solomon Chukwuocha Victoria Island,Lagos, Nigeria April 20, 2012
Mr President sir, U have spoken like a man with the heart of flesh,pls endeavour to act that way in dealing with our beloved country. I strongly believe in ur optimism and wish u great strides in office. This country belongs to all of us, the poor, rich and abject poor.
Pls try and see how to build the middle class society again. God bless u.
"Coming In From The Cold" California, USA April 19, 2012
There goes Jonathan again with his "God this-God that" sentiments. Sebi I told you some time ago not to use God's name in vain; you no dey hear word.
If God can do all of these things (and I believe He can), why do we elect people to lead us? We should all just â€śsidon and be lookingâ€ť, and wait for God to build roads, hospitals, cars, and airplanes or to provide food, water shelter, electricity, etc. Please leave God alone and let God do His own part, which is beyond our imagination and/or understanding; it's called divine.
God has finished with His creations - earth, heavens, plants and animals, water, bacteria, viruses, chemicals and reactions, to support and sustain life. God has set up a system of which we are part. We cannot mess with that system, no matter what we do or who we are.
All living things will die. Can you imagine if human beings don't die and allowed to perpetuate their wickedness forever? Death of human beings is what gives us hope of change, whether for good or bad.
And God doesn't act swiftly enough to punish us for our sins. I have come to the conclusion in my observation of human activities that the fear of death is what makes most of us to worship God. We think we "are deceiving God" with our praise of Him, while we go around cheating and stealing.
If only God would punish sinners or criminals severely with serious pain or suffering or with death, as soon as we do something bad, or commit a crime or injustice against another, or steal, we would have been good people.
And since nobody has died and come back to tell us how heaven or hell really is, it is only a figment. So, for now, â€śI go do whatever I want to do that I can get away with (since God no go come down to punish me right away); I go chop your dollar; I go enjoy myself, and also set up my children and family lineage to enjoy themselves after I am long gone, and then suffer the consequences later wherever that place may be.â€ť
Believe me, man fears another man more than he fears God when it comes to being punished for crimes. Do you know why? It is because man's judgment or punishment is usually swift - gbosa-gbosa, no room for tomorrow. Man doesnâ€™t wait for you to die and go to heaven or hell for your punishment; your punishment is right here on earth.
And I believe thatâ€™s how God planned it; you can forget that crap about going to heaven or hell.
This system of checks and balances is very complex and imperfect. We all have good and bad in each one of us. Good and bad people will be checking the behavior of good and bad people; how does that work then? Please donâ€™t ask me; I am only human. It may sound like a dog chasing its tail, but it works somehow.
The bottom line is human laws, not Gods laws, are what we need to checkmate human excesses. Only lazy minds will always invoke Godâ€™s name every time he faces a problem or wants to solve it, rather than roll up his sleeves and work hard to design a solution.
So, Jonathan, we know you are not the best person available for the job; we also know God did not chose you guys because God will not chose thieves and regressive elements to lead a nation. We know you guys collectively do not have what it takes to transform Nigeria; no signs that you are even trying.
Nothing works in Nigeria; nothing. I can now be referred to as an old man, and I have waited and hoped all my life to see any improvement in my country Nigeria since oyinbo man left us, but all I have is melancholy.
The rot in our nation is unprecedented and unimaginable. Now, I am resigned to believe that only something totally different from the norm, something cataclysmic, must take place in Nigeria for us to see the much needed change. No one is expecting Utopia.
Samuel olalere Phortharcot, Nigeria April 18, 2012
That is the right thing God wiii show his mercy upon nigeria let our president keep his word God wiii heip hih
omoekun Moreno Valley, California, USA April 18, 2012
Thank you and God bless you Mr. T. Adam. Your comments hit the nail right on the head. The President and the rest of his aministration need to search their hearts and concience if any of them have at all that if it is God that put them there, they will not be looting the country resources as they have and still doing.
T. Adam London, UK April 17, 2012
God did not choose you and your league of petty thieves and common criminals. God cannot hate Nigeria that much to visit such punishment on its people by imposing upon them such a godless, heartless and unscrupulous set of looters. God is not found in such company - even as mysterious as His ways can be. Next, you will be saying it is the Devil that has made it impossible for you to deliver on your lying promises to the people.