Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has stated that the superlative performance of the Super-Eagles yesterday in South-Africa is akin to what his administration is doing, taking the nation from the doldrums of several years of under-development to years of sustained development.
The President stated that his administration remains focused and will never be distracted by agents of social stagnation, pointing out that his interest remains the general good of Nigerians.
He also promised that he will never do anything that will make him not to be able to face God.
He made the remarks while speaking at the Winners Chapel in Goshen City, Nassarawa State, where he observed the Sunday church service.
Stressing that many developed nations have passed through worst situations than Nigeria, he was optimistic that Nigeria will overcome its challenges through prayers of Nigerians.
According to him, Nigeria will triumph just like the Super Eagles came back from three goals down on Saturday, with almost all hope lost, to beat their Moroccan counterpart by 4 -3 to qualify for semi-final in the championship.
He said: “I am not here to make a formal speech as we have learnt to talk very very little. Just like the bishop said in his sermon, your prayers have been helpful. I request that you continue to pray for this country. Bishop thank you for your message , it has been very instructive.”
“The promise land has never been an easy one for any nation, it was not easy for the Israelites and I promise that myself and my colleagues will continue to do what is right for this country. The bishop said it all as mere mortals there may be errors but our commitment to do what is right is total. We will do our best but like I always say what ever I do I should be able to tell God why I did it.”
“As I listened to your message certain things are being reflected. I assure you this country will cross the bridge, yes we have challenge as a nation, even the most developed nations pass through stages sometimes even more challenging than we face today.”
On the Nigeria/Morocco match, he said: “But what happened yesterday in South Africa will be the story of this nation. Those of you who watched that match will know that it was not easy at the beginning, it was as if Nigeria was to be demolished but all of a sudden the young men came very strong and we won. That is how it will be with the story of this country with your prayers and commitment we will get to the destination.”
“All what we require is your prayers and Nigeria will get to its destination. I wish you a prosperous 2014.” He stated
Delivering the sermon earlier, Bishop David Abioye noted that it is the prayer of Nigerians that brings about peace and guidance in the country.
He said: “Our leaders are human, they are not angels, it is prayer that makes them to abide to the will of God. As we keep praying, God keeps guiding our leaders. When we pray, they gravitate towards what is good. That’s why the church must keep praying. They are guided by our prayers. They are the targets of the enemy.”
“When a leader makes a wrong decision, the whole people will be affected. Our leaders will not make wrong decisions.”
He commended the President for signing the Same-Sex Prohibition bill into law.