My govt has delivered – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday gave his administration a pass mark for delivering on most indicators of good governance, just as he called on members of the Boko Haram sect to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
According to the President, who spoke during Nigeria's Independence celebration in Abuja, said his administration is committed to making Nigeria safe for all Nigerians, irrespective of their places of birth, religion and political persuasions.
“To all those waging war against our country, I ask that you lay down your arms and embrace peace. To those who have genuine grievances, I affirm that Nigeria will listen to you, if you bring your grievances to the table of dialogue,” he said.
He reassured Nigerians that his administration remains committed to the “task of building a better and greater country.”
While noting that his administration has made remarkable progress in bequeathing a better Nigeria to generations yet unborn, the President regretted that the accomplishments do not call for celebration yet because “Nigeria is still in a sober moment.
“In my address to the nation last year, I did emphasize that we were in a sober moment in our country. We are still in that mood in spite of the many accomplishments of our administration.
“Our sombreness has to do with the crises of nationhood occasioned by the activities of terrorist elements who have done the unimaginable to challenge our unity as a people,” the President said.
He assured Nigerians that the terrorists waging war on the country would fail as they do not mean well for anyone.
He said their deliberate attack on the weakest and most vulnerable in society underscores their depraved minds.
On the 2014 National Conference whose recommendations have been submitted to the government, President Jonathan promised that the recommendations of the conference would be implemented.
While admitting that the nation's 54 year-journey had not been easy, he said the Nigerian spirit and the unflagging resilience of Nigerian peoples have seen the nation through.
“We will continue to march forward to greater heights,” he promised.
The President pointed out some of his achievements but promised that these would be built upon in the interest of the nation.
On the forthcoming 2015 general elections, President Jonathan enjoined the political class not to use the contest for positions to destroy the polity.
“The contest for the leadership of our country must yield good governance, and not ungovernable spaces. The love of country should rank higher than our individual ambitions.
“We must remain committed to a united and indivisible Nigeria within democratic parameters. The protection of individual rights, liberty, equality before the law, freedom of thought, and a progressive pursuit of a sound economy must be our goal.
“As we look forward to another year in our national life, I am more than confident that our tomorrow will be better than our yesterday and today. Nigeria has got the human and material resources to excel and we shall lead the way in that journey to our manifest destiny.
“Fellow countrymen, brothers and sisters, in all our plans, and in all our words and our actions, we must stand together in love and unity, as one people under God” he said.
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