From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to live in peace with all, no matter their religion. He said that peace, security and stability are key to effective implementation of the national transformation agenda in all parts of the country. The president also described as “brainwashed pawns of international terrorism” those who mindlessly and indiscriminately attack churches, schools, health workers, motor parks, banks and ordinary road users, urging Nigerians to resist them.
In his Easter message, President Jonathan noted that the country’s immense potential for greatness in the comity of nations derives in the main from collective strength of more than 160 million Nigerians with diverse capabilities and natural endowments. Notwithstanding differences in religion or faith, President Jonathan said that all holidays provide us fresh opportunity to establish stronger bonds with family, friends and those around us for more enduring, harmonious and beneficial relationships.
He urged Nigerians to stay together and collectively resist terrorism and others who seek to divide the nation. “I assure all Nigerians that our security agencies, armed forces and I will continue to fully discharge our constitutional responsibilities to protect the unity and territorial integrity of this country with all the powers and forces at our disposal.