President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to stop the lamentations over the poor state of the country and rather cooperate with the government; with the cooperation of Nigerians, the president believes that his government could make significant changes that could reposition Nigeria within four years.
The president was speaking shortly after swearing in the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, and five new permanent secretaries at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While the president admitted that Nigeria could do better as a nation than what is currently obtainable, he said, “People talk about the 60s when Nigeria was on the same level with some countries. I think we should stop this lamentation… It does not take more than 10 years to change a nation from what others have done… Even within four years, we can make significant change to reposition Nigeria.”
The president also urged the appointees with seeing their new positions as a gift from God for service to humanity, adding that they must use the opportunity to serve Nigerians faithfully. Identifying corruption as one of the stumbling blocks to the nation’s development, Jonathan said all must be ready to fight the cankerworm.