President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed optimism in the unity and survival of the country, saying that the present challenges of the nation would only strengthen her.
Speaking, Friday, at Umuida, Enugu Ezike, Enugu state during the funeral of Mrs Paulina Eze, mother of Senator Ayogu Eze, Jonathan said he was not deterred by challenges confronting Nigeria as according to him “every country in the world has crises and challenges”.
“The world is facing crises including Nigeria. These days once you hear breaking news, its all about crises. I urge clergymen to continue to pray for the country.
“The nation has challenge no doubt about that, in the world there are challenges everywhere. When you put on the television, they will always talk about crises here and there, there is always breaking news and whenever you hear this breaking news, it is never a good news.
“It is always sad, no good breaking news. All the breaking news I have seen for the past period are crises. The world is in crises. We are also having our own share of the crises but I am convinced that with your prayers, the prayers of men and women of this country, God will see us through,” the president said.
Jonathan who noted that how long one lived was not as important as what he/she was able to impact on others, asked the family of Eze to emulate the good virtues of their mother.
Senator Eze described his late mother a hardworking and courageous woman saying she brought up her family when the husband died by her dint effort.
In his homily, Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Revd. Godfrey Onah called on the leaders of the country to be focused.
He said that the present challenges in the country were not insurmountable, adding that it should strengthen the resolve of the people in service of God.
He charged politicians to continue to look unto God especially in difficult situations.
Among the dignitaries present at the ceremony were Senate President, David Mark, his Deputy Ike Ekweremadu, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state, Peter Obi of Anambra state and Sullivan Chime of Enugu state.
Others were National chairman of APGA, Victor Umeh, former Anambra governor, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former minister of power, Barth Nnaji among others.