PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday restated his government’s commitment to education and peace in a country reeling from terrorist attacks that had claimed hundreds of lives.
The president gave the pledge in a Christmas message to the Christian community in particular and the country in general, in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The President, who thanked Nigerians for continuing to keep faith with his administration, gave assurance that significant progress will be made in the implementation of his agenda for national transformation in the coming year.
He stressed that under his leadership, the federal government will continue to work diligently to give effect to its plans to redirect national resources from wasteful and unproductive areas to identified priority sectors including infrastructure, power supply, job creation, education, agriculture, health and social services.
He urged Nigerians to reflect on themes of piety, love, honesty, patience, humility, selflessness and sacrifice for the good of all.
These, the President said, dominate Biblical accounts of Christ’s mission on earth, adding that if they were imbibed the country would witness fulfillment of its potentials.
Likewise, eminent Nigerians, including governors and religious leaders, in consideration of the happenings in the country, sued for peace and made suggestions for the way forward.
Among the religious leaders that responded to The Guardian query are Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde, Dr. Lateef Adegbite, Pastor Wale Adefarasin, Sheriff Mojirola Yussuf and Dr. Mike Okonkwo.
As they urged Nigerians to eschew violence and embrace peace, the clergies implored the government to tackle insecurity, corruption in the system and fair distribution of resources to avert anarchy.
They also craved for understanding our religious differences to enhance peace, even as they want the people to keep hope alive and pray for the country, as “the good Lord will see us through to the New Year.”