President Jonathan’s Christmas Address to the Nation

In the morning of December 25, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan congratulated the Nation via his official Facebook handle. Read the FULL text of his greetings to Nigerians below [unedited]:

goodluckAs the world marks the birth of Jesus Christ, let me, on behalf of myself, my family and the Federal Government, extend the good tidings of peace, progress and joy to every home throughout our beloved country Nigeria.

Christmas is a time of joyous family gatherings and as President, I see every Nigerian as a member of my family and I urge us all to retain the unique sense of brotherly love that this season evokes beyond the Yuletide period.

While we will surely mark this holiday in our different ways and according to our established traditions, it is my desire that we all celebrate Christmas with some minimum comforts and my team and I have long prepared for this by working to improve our infrastructure especially those that most serve us during this season.

Knowing that this period is the peak period for cross country travels amongst our people, this administration has fast tracked the repair and reconstruction of artery roads nationwide. We have also ensured that the nightmare our citizens suffered at fuel stations during periods like this is put behind us. For the second year in a row, train services have continued to run from the Lagos Terminus all the way to The hinterlands of the North. This year, we also introduced cargo and haulage train services from the Lagos Port to up country locations.

With the Enugu airport now handling international flights, more of our people can fly directly to their localities resulting in reduced pressure on our roads.

Our policies to spur local production of staples such as rice and wheat are bearing fruits as evidenced by the 2013 Global Hunger Index.

Although I will not depend on statistics until every Nigerian has enough to eat at all times and in every season, the report is salutary and only galvanizes us to further action.

I have also personally monitored government’s fiscal effort which we ensured were tightened for the purpose of avoiding or severely reducing the seasonal inflationary trends on consumer goods around this time of the year with the attendant result that inflation is at single digit rate.

These steps have been undertaken because of my belief that every good and great thing is possible in our country if we desire to achieve it.

So, as we all celebrate with friends and family, I say from me to you, Merry Christmas and may the joys of the season extend from our individual homes to those of our neighbors and neighboring communities irrespective of religion and region.

GEJ

8 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you sir Mr President for your concerns over your citizens, pray to experience more fruitful and joyful christmas yuletide on the surface of earth,and happy new year in advance sir, Mr GEJ.

  2. 2 requests from His Excellency. Can His Excellency provide downloadable app to watch and hear you in your outings in 2014 just as you speak smilar to the one White House provided. Secondly can poverty be redefined, tackled and solved in the light of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection. I saw a clue here that can totally eradicate poverty in Nigeria starting year 2014. Merry Christmas to His Excellency too.

  3. Your Excellency sir merry xmas 2 u may your days be longer Dan d days of Methusalem may ur tenure of leadership be longer Dan d tenure of ur foes may those wishing ur downfall get down bt will nt die 2 see wat u will be in future.

  4. Rueben Abati ua doing a great job for mr president, fine speeches and write=up can not stand real actions to physically enjoy devidend of democracy pls act.

  5. I read my President’s carefully worded Xmas msg as usual., wondering “for how long we shall continue with this Palongo dance.” We need genuine actions not text-book assurances…..Fight corruption transparently…..Promote Agriculture by heavily subsidising the poor farmers inputs. This will not only increase food production but also make food available at a price that the poor. Can pay. When the people are well-fed, they are easy to manage and control …then governed.Note that a well-fed body will adequately nourish the brain which moderats body activities. Imagine what happens inside mal-nourished brains. A president inherits assets and liabilities of previous ones.This doesnt excuse him from blame; for was aware of all the problems before he assume office.

  6. I don’t knw while Nigeria leader de allwast promise without doin it like u see de pass govt de keep tell people I will do this if dem can allwin me 2 rule de nation end is doin noting we all tire of enty promise only problems Nigeria is face na is power if Nigeria

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