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Pres. Jonathan Urges Nigerians to Pray for Buhari

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PIC  20. PRESIDENT   GOODLUCK  JONATHAN; FIRST LADY, DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN; VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT, PROF.  YEMI OSIBANJO  (2ND L) AND HIS WIFE, MRS.  DOLAPO  OSIBANJO; SENATE PRESIDENT, DAVID MARK; FORMER HEAD OF STATE; GEN YAKUBU GOWON; PRESIDENT, CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA, PASTOR AJO ORITSEJAFOR AFTER THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING AND INAUGURATION INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE ABUJA ON SUNDAY (24/5/15). 2742/24/5/2015/ice/NAN

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN; FIRST LADY, DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN; VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT, PROF. YEMI OSIBANJO (2ND L) AND HIS WIFE, MRS. DOLAPO OSIBANJO; SENATE PRESIDENT, DAVID MARK; FORMER HEAD OF STATE; GEN YAKUBU GOWON; PRESIDENT, CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA, PASTOR AJO ORITSEJAFOR AFTER THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING AND INAUGURATION INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE ABUJA ON SUNDAY

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday urged Nigerians to pray fervently for the incoming administration to enable it succeed and for the peace and unity of the country.

Jonathan made the appeal when Christians converged at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, to pray for successful transition in the 2015 Presidential Thanksgiving and Inauguration Service.

He also urged the people to pray for him, his wife and those who served in his administration to be able to live a peaceful and decent life after service.

“I call on you to pray for us who are leaving, members of my family and my administration as we leave. But you should even pray more for the incoming government because we are leaving as private people to manage our private businesses; they are coming in to manage the whole country.

So they require more prayers because I can make mistakes that will affect me and very few people, but if they make mistake it will affect the whole nation. So I call on all Christians and the religious bodies to pray for the incoming government to succeed. Because all what we want as a nation both Nigerians at home and abroad is for good governance, prosperity, unity and peace. We cannot achieve that without the help of God,’’ he saids

Jonathan expressed happiness that Christians had converged to celebrate the unity of the country rather than mourn its disintegration.

“We are here not having mass service for mass burial but we are here having service to inaugurate an incoming government,’’ he said, adding that the service was made possible by the prayers of Nigerians. The President said that Nigerians had every reason to be thankful to God because in spite of the challenges, Nigeria had made meaningful progress since 100 years of its amalgamation and 54 years as independent nation. As a nation, we have all the reasons to be grateful to God. Nigeria is relatively young; from the amalgamation in 1914, we are just about 101 years old as a nation and from independence in 1960, we are just about 55 years old as an independent nation.

If we compare ourselves with other nations; some of them that have stayed up to 200 years, then of cause, we will know that we are not doing too badly.”

PIC 21. PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L) IN A HANDSHAKE WITH THE ARCHBISHOP OF  ABUJA DIOCESE, JOHN CARDINAL ONAIYEKAN AT THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING  AND INAUGURATION INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN  CENTRE ABUJA ON SUNDAY (24/5/15). 2743/24/5/2015/ICE/NAN

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (L) IN A HANDSHAKE WITH THE ARCHBISHOP OF
ABUJA DIOCESE, JOHN CARDINAL ONAIYEKAN AT THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING
AND INAUGURATION INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN
CENTRE ABUJA ON SUNDAY

Jonathan said that Nigeria fought a civil war within the period while the political succession had not been easy following the untimely abortion of the first, second third republics.

He, however, noted that the fourth republic had been sustained for 16 years under the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party while power would now transmit to the a merger of political parties, the All Progressives Congress.

“From 2007 to date, we have always been here for the inauguration service and today we are here. That shows clearly that whoever is the President or the Vice President we have one nation, we have one God.’’

He recalled that in 2007 he called on Nigerians to pray for him when he became the Vice President because as a mortal he could not claim that he was perfect.

He said he could have done things in the wrong way but that he had prayed that any decision he wanted to take that could affect the nation should receive God’s guidance.

PIC 19.  VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT, PROF.  YEMI OSIBANJO (2ND L) AND HIS WIFE, MRS DOLAPO  RECEIVING PRESIDENT GOODLUCK  JONATHAN (R) AND THE FIRST LADY, DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN  TO THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING AND INAUGURATION INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE ABUJA ON SUNDAY (24/5/15). 2741/24/5/2015/ice/NAN

VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT, PROF. YEMI OSIBANJO (2ND L) AND HIS WIFE, MRS DOLAPO RECEIVING PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (R) AND THE FIRST LADY, DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN TO THE 2015 PRESIDENTIAL THANKSGIVING AND INAUGURATION INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE ABUJA ON SUNDAY.

In a sermon, the primate of the Anglican Church, Nicholas Okoh, urged the incoming administration to build upon the unity and peace laid by the Jonathan administration.

“This peace is a theological and political capital that will hold the country together if well invented,’’ he said

The primate said that God loves Nigeria, adding that those who knew nothing to do should pray that the incoming president should be directed aright by the creator.

Okoh said that Nigeria lacked certain basic things as a rich country and Nigerians should be patient with the incoming administration as development took time to achieve.

He also asked for forgiveness across board for God’s favour to get to the people.

The cleric said that Jonathan had done well for the country and left for Nigeria, Africa and the World a new political attitude of one’s ambition not worth the blood of anyone.

“There is peace in our country; we are grateful for that because it will bring about development,’’ he said.

Okoh urged the incoming administration to complete ongoing projects which would benefit the people.

He expressed satisfaction that the service was held on Pentecost Sunday as the Holy Spirit would breed peace into the country and its leaders.

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23 Comments

  1. Lilo

    May 25, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    GEJ pray for yourself pls and leave Buhari alone.

  2. wunmi

    May 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I don’t take this man’s words seriously. I have completely lost the little respect I had left for GEJ. Instead of gallivanting from place to place acting the humble guy; he should fix the problem. until May 29th he is still the president of the federal republic of Nigeria. How can one man successfully shut down a whole country like this biko nu. We will pray but he would do GMB a better favor by cleaning up the mess (at the very least dust the mess) & not pile it up as he is doing. Just imagine how much respect he would have garnered if you add his conceding to victory to working at stopping fuel scarcity & making sure there’s light in spite of his vacating office: GEJ would have been one heck of a president. but like this now ehn I haff tired for this man o

    • Seriously

      May 26, 2015 at 5:45 am

      At this point, I don’t expect any action but can he speak and address his country? His country is in shambles but will just keep quiet and watch. He’s so desensitized and nonchalant. I’ve never seen such dull president. It seems like the rumor about him drinking a lot might be true bcos a president in his right senses will not act this way

  3. Niola

    May 25, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    zero to hero to zero…………………………………….ZERO (no shoes boy) to HERO( President of Nigeria/ President who conceded defeat) to ZERO( to the innumerable things he has done , aiding and abetting corrupt politicians and citizens, Nation shutdown of schools, health workers strike, fuel scarcity, electricity, endless list)………………………

  4. @edDREAMZ

    May 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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    I really dont knw why Nigerians voted this man last four yrs….. i hate jonah….
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • Tumi

      May 25, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      @edDREAMZ, didn’t mean to like your comment. Truly I don’t know why Nigerians ever voted for GEJ and I think he is a horrible president but I don’t hate him. Hating is not good

  5. olly

    May 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    please he should go. pray for yourself.

  6. Zeal

    May 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    JOKER!

  7. PH Boy

    May 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Oga Jona, while millions are already praying for God to help Buhari salvage us from the absolute devastation you and your cronies have plunged us into; a greater number of people are cursing you and your entire blood line.

    • Abi

      May 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      when you point one finger one anyone dont forget that the whole four is pointing at you.

  8. TK

    May 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Pray your sick president elect doesn’t die, Nigerians please add fasting.

    • Root

      May 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      You were the one that infected him with sickness abi? Bad bele will never let you guys rest. Meanwhile I hope you heard mama piss’s testimony of how she was dashing in and out of operating theatres in Germany cos of her sickness while at the same time calling Buhari ”brain dead”. You guys are pathetic.

  9. Cnt be fooled

    May 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I pray the blood of the innocent people he spilled jus to discredit GEJ so as to get into power dnt come like a flood to wipe him off

    • Root

      May 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      You are still here, won’t you follow your master to Otuoke? I guess you are in one foreign country pretending you know what’s going on in Nigeria.

  10. Tkum

    May 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    that moment buhari boycotts Handover/swearing-in to travel to UK to go and see Prime Minister on Official issues again…Epic movie! #irony Of Life

    • molarah

      May 25, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      But you know handover is on may 29th, right? How can one be said to have boycotted an event that is scheduled to happen in the future?

    • Root

      May 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      He ain’t clueless like the otuoke clown.

  11. apc lies

    May 25, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Eddreamz you are a Musa or sola hiding under another identity to hate Jonathan. Stop hating and identity theft!

    Instead hate your inability to earn a decent living,
    Cyber criminal like you hating on a decent man is the height of hypocrisy!

    Edreamz stop sleeping with toddlers and start thinking well.

  12. jummai

    May 26, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Can he just pack his bags and leave already.

  13. ssah

    May 26, 2015 at 10:48 am

    God bless you sir Jonah. thanks for handing over peacefully

  14. Heeba

    May 26, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Yes we will pray for the incoming government and curse the outgoing one for making us suffer sooooo much! In 2015 I cant get cold water to dring from my fridge!!! smdh

    • Abi

      May 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      we need something higher than cold water please, if your problem is cold water i can give u that, so that u can stop complaining on frivolous and temporary items.

    • Olu

      May 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      HAVE YOU SEEN CURSE RETURN TO SENDER THAT IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR CASE

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