Prepare for more sacrifices, Jonathan urges Nigerians


PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has observed that Nigerians may have to make more sacrifices if the dream for the transformation of the country is to be achieved. He, however,assured that such sacrifices would not be in vain.

He made this assertion while conveying greetings and felicitations to all Nigerians, especially Muslim faithfuls, on this year's Eid-El-Kabir celebrations.

In a special message to the nation, Jonathan also congratulated all Nigerians who have undertaken the Holy pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina this year.

The President urged Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the Eid-El-Kabir holiday to reflect on how the ideals and virtues of peace, harmony, brotherly love, selflessness, tolerance, honesty, fairness, justice and equity taught by Islam and other religions could be more extensively harnessed and deployed in addressing the developmental challenges confronting the nation.

According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President who noted that Eid-El-Kabir was a festival of sacrifice that commemorated Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son,Ismail, in obedience to the will of Allah, also appealed for the continued support and understanding of Nigerians.

He said that his administration's efforts to transform the country may require that they make more sacrifices to build a better nation for present and future generations.

“I am certain that this administration's plans for rapid national development will soon begin to bear fruit and fulfill the yearnings of our country men and women for qualitative changes in their lives,” Jonathan said.