President Jonathan reveals that suspects behind Police HQ, UN house bombings have been arrested
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday disclosed that the people who bombed Police Headquarters, UN Building, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla and others have been arrested.
This revelation was disclosed when he alongside his wife Mrs. Patience Jonathan, his mother, some lawmakers, some members of the cabinet, senior aides among others, attended the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus Christ and New Year Service, held at the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Abuja, All Saints’ Church, Zone 5, Wuse.
He reassured that the New Year will be better for the country, adding that his has laid solid foundations for the country’s critical sectors and that administration will continue to provide employment for young people and encourage entrepreneurship.
“The church’s prayers have been helping us to stabilise the country at the time of our challenges. There was time the country was drifting and everyone thought the country will not endure but the prayers rescued us.
“We have moved to another phase of terror, kidnapping and armed robbery but these are momentary challenges.
“I receive constant briefings on security daily though we don’t publish. Most of the terror suspects have been arrested. People may not know what our men in uniform have been doing; they have been doing a lot to check the situation.
'The people who bombed Police Headquarters, United Nations Building and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla have been arrested. We will continue to improve on our security architecture.
“The new year will be better for the country. We have a huge population and we will continue to provide employment for our people and encourage entrepreneurship”, he said.
He blamed the various problems the country was facing on the attitude of Nigeria. “Is ambition to get rich over night that leads to robbery, kidnapping and all sorts of crime”.
In his sermon, the Primate of All Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, titled: “circumcise your heart”, he urged Nigerians to circumsize their hearts- the church, businessmen, civil servants and politicians at all levels.
He also challenged teachers and academicians as well as students who dress indecently on campuses to “circumsize their hearts.”
He told market women who sell fake products, petrol dollars and transporters who hike prices in festive periods, kidnappers, armed robbers and members of the Boko Haram sect to “circumcise their hearts”.
Okoh also advised young men who are in a haste to ride jeeps having graduated from school to be patient and circumsize their hearts.
According to him, traditional rulers, university authorities who sell doctorate degrees and titles to those who are not worthy of them also need to “circumsize their hearts.”
“To be regarded as uncircumcised means you are a godless person. Jesus demonstrated his circumcision by being obedient. We ought to be obedient to God’s laws.
“Circumcision as it affects us today means cutting of sin, corruption, bitterness and so on and so forth.
“As we enter the new year we should cut off certain things. I ask Nigerians clergy, business community who exploits people, civil servants who hide files, politicians at all levels, teachers who persecute girls for refusing to sleep with them, traders who sell substandard products, transporters who hike prices, petroleum product sellers who short change Nigerians, kidnappers, armed robbers and Boko Haram to circumcise their hearts.
“This is important so that in the new year we will build a nation that our children will be proud of.
“Those looking for opportunity to make money without working, young graduates seeking for contracts instead of a employment, who wants to ride a jeep. This is a deformity of the heart. It is a wrong lifestyle to start from the top. All of us Nigerians should circumcised our hearts.
“The Name of Jesus Christ must not be joked with else when you need Him to work for you and you evoke the name it will not work.
“To the President, the year 2013 will come with challenges, and you need the Name Jesus and once you bind that name around you, your victory shall be sure.
“Some of us have limit our lives to just money while God can give you a name, a promotion that is bigger than money. Nigeria shall rise up and walk in 2013.
“The year 2013 is a trackless sea, a desert. The guiding hand you have is that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. The most important thing for those holding high, low and oversized responsibility in the nation is to bind Jesus to yourself and it shall be well.
“God will be gracious to us as a people and to our nation Nigeria”.
The Old Testament lesson was read by First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan from Gen. 17: 9-16.
Also present to worship with the President were Minister of Police Affairs, Capt Caleb Olubolade (rtd) and Minister of state, FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, presidential aides amongst others.