Yesterday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President David Mark, the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made calls for peace across Nigeria as radical Islamic Insurgency and U.S.-0designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Boko Haram committed a series of attacks and kidnappings throughout the Easter Passion Week.
04/21/2014 Nigeria (allAfrica) – President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday assured Nigerians of his administration’s unflinching resolve to tackle and overcome those using terrorism to cause division in the country.
Jonathan who gave the assurance in his Easter message to the nation, urged Nigerians, particularly Christians, to reflect on the significance of Easter’s lessons of piety, obedience to higher authorities, self-sacrifice for the good of others, redemption, salvation, deliverance, renewal and the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
“My belief in our ability to overcome all retrogressive and divisive forces in our midst and build a strong, united and prosperous nation by turning our unique diversity into a source of strength remains unshaken. And we will continue to work with all interest groups and stakeholders in the country to achieve the peaceful, secure and politically stable conditions essential for rapid socio-economic development,” the president stated.
“In spite of the evil machinations of terrorists, criminals and their collaborators, our administration remains ardently focused on efforts to successfully execute the federal government’s agenda for national transformation and achieve sustained development,” he added.
Felicitating with Christians on the Easter celebration, he said, “I greet you all, especially our Christian brothers and sisters who are celebrating Easter and commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ today. These lessons of Easter and other injunctions on brotherly love, peaceful co-existence, tolerance, honesty, humility, justice, equity and fairness to all without discrimination contained in the Gospels are of particular importance to us as a nation, as we continue to contend with the challenges of nation-building and development.
“As our Christian compatriots celebrate the Messiah’s triumph over death and all that it connotes, let us all renew our faith and confidence in our ability as a people to overcome all obstacles, challenges and threats to national progress and wellbeing, including terrorism and other criminal attacks on our people in some parts of the country.”