No Politicians, Not Even Obasanjo Own Nigeria, says Jonathan

No Politicians, Not Even Obasanjo Own Nigeria, says Jonathan

Jonathan at the service

Jonathan, The First Family during Christmas Service at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Abuja today

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigeria does not belong to any politician or any group of politician.

He spoke Wednesday at the Diocese of Abuja, The Cathedral Church of the Advent in Lifecamp, Abuja, where he attended his Christmas day church service along with his family members and some senior government officials.

Even as he did not mention the name of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his speech, he referred to those making statements and writing open letters they ought not to write.

Obasanjo had in a December 2nd, 2013 written an open letter to the President in which he made weighty allegations against Jonathan and his administration.

Jonathan Wednesday said: “For us at this time especially we the politicians that we think we own this country begin to think about next election and doing what we ought not to do, making statement we ought not to make, writing letters we suppose not to write.”

“I call on clergymen and statesmen who really own this country because this country belongs to our statesmen, traditional rulers, religious leaders, our men, our women, our youth. Nigeria does not belong to any politician or group of politicians. So we continue to urge you to pray for this country.”

On terrorism, he said: “The primate mentioned number of issues that deal with a number of nations that deals with crisis. For those who know about terrorism, countries that are infested with terror will hardly get out of it. If you look at country like Pakistan, we even go to Pakistan to train our soldiers, in some parts of Pakistan as we are talking now there appears to be no government. So this country could have been worse.”

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“Look at the incidences in Abuja, even the police headquarters was boomed, the UN building right here in the seat of government, may be the next target would have been State House. So we have to thank God that we have been able to bring it to a reasonable level, though we are far from getting over. There are a lot of challenges but we have to thank God.”

Jonathan and wife in the church

Jonathan and wife in the church

He went on: “Primate said if it were to be like Syria, what would we have done? Look at South Sudan they were part of Sudan and they felt that they were being dominated, they have resources, there is oil in part of South Sudan, they carried arms against the state, finally the whole world through the UN liberated them. In fact within this week we will be going for security council meeting under the AU. My envoy just came back on Sunday from where he had conversation with them on how do we stop this madness.”

“So we have to thank God even though we still have this security challenges in our country at least we are reasonably better.”

“In terms of Nigeria having crisis, the primate was mentioning can Ghana accommodate us, can Sierra Leone accommodate us. I was just laughing because even now Nigerians in these countries, the people are not even comfortable, we don’t have crisis but from Cameroon to Senegal, Nigerians are everywhere. If not for political and diplomatic reasons they would have even asked some of them to leave. Then assuming we have crisis, what would be the state, where will you go? Is it the Atlantic Ocean? So I urge you to continue to pray.”

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“I also thank the religious leaders of this country, they have been praying and I believe God has been hearing our prayers. We will do our best within the period that God has asked us to occupy the positions we are occupying.” He stated.

Delivering the sermon entitled ‘Peace and Joy, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh noted that the first coming of Jesus Christ brought peace and joy but that it will only be full at His second coming.

According to him no part of the world is enjoying total peace as he urged Nigerians to continue to thank God for not making Nigeria’s situation worse like other countries.

Quoting scriptures from Luke 2: 10, Isaiah 9: n6, Galatians 3: 28, 2nd Corinthians 5: 18, John 14: 27 and Matthew 5: 9, he urged Nigerians to continue to be a source of joy to themselves, their neighbours and the whole world.

He said: “But we have challenges, how can you be talking of peace and joy to people in Syria, DRC, Southern Sudan, Middle East, Egypt, Indonesia and Ukraine. Will they understand? How do you explain joy to somebody who is bed ridden? These are the issues frost rating peace.”

Blaming the western world for these crises, he said: “The western world sell these arms to other part of the globe and are still talking about peace. The money that people steal, they take it outside and they receive it and turn back to say these people are bad.”

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“Only God can give us peace and joy because man has so much complicated himself. If you have three good stories that give you joy, you are likely to have six stories that will upset you.”

He also urged Nigerians to pray against agents of darkness who are thirsting for blood.

Nigerians, he said, have no choice than to continue praying for peace as they have no other place to go.
“Nigerians ought to be grateful to God and live responsibly. Do not join anybody to cause trouble. If we follow life diligently, Nigeria will blossom, your lives will blossom. Refugees are not the happiest of people, don’t make yourself a refugee.” He pleaded.

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan read the Old Testament lesson from Isaiah 9: 2, 6 and 7 while President Jonathan read the Epistle from Hebrew 1: 1 to 12.

Among those who attended the service included the Minister of State (FCT), Olajumoke Akinjide, Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, Minister of Police Affairs, Called Olubolade.


12 Responses to "No Politicians, Not Even Obasanjo Own Nigeria, says Jonathan"

  1. Benjamin Ojo   December 26, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Andrew , u point out some important word

  2. Omotu Samuel
    Omotu Samuel   December 26, 2013 at 2:44 am

    @Samson for you to have been able to compose this post means you can read and write! Kindly browse about the achievements of this administration if you don’t have the opportunity to go round the country! Currently now new roads are been opened as some of the old roads are been renovated! Power projects are already yielding tremendous results except for some areas that are having transformers issues! Currently now our rail is functional though not yet all the country among others achievements within just two years! OBJ’s eight years did not achieve half of what GEJ had achieved already and we believe that in another two years from now his achievements would be much more than these. Are you criticising the president base on what some individuals told you? My dear brother I advice you to please find out things for yourself before engaging in criticising. Thanks

  3. Omotu Samuel
    Omotu Samuel   December 26, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Very faithful man and that’s why the Ex is envious of him

  4. Floxy Eseoghene
    Floxy Eseoghene   December 26, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Happi xmas mr president long live nigeria and long live Ebele J.

  5. edinrin   December 26, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I love this! Those who are criticising the president would not like to read this story! Surely they shall gather and scatter. May the Almighty God continue to uphold you for the Nation IJN Amen.

  6. Otitigbe Obadiah Oghoerore Alegbe
    Otitigbe Obadiah Oghoerore Alegbe   December 26, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I love this guy. He has guts.

  7. Samson Ovo Eruteya
    Samson Ovo Eruteya   December 26, 2013 at 1:45 am

    @ Benjamin, I am not one of those that are against him contesting the next elections. If that is what you think doing the right thing means then we are thinking differently. Doing the right thing as a constitutionally elected president is not all about second term, it goes beyond that.He should focus on doing things that will better the lives of Nigerians.

  8. Okoh Andrew
    Okoh Andrew   December 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Mr President, i like what you said. Very good statement. Human beings are like flowers, so nobody owns this country. It is God who owns human being. Don’t fear anybody. Fear only God and do the right things. Look at Nelson Mandela, he is being celebrated for the good fight he fought for South Africans. That is what we expect you to do for Nigerians, so that you will be remembered and celebrated like him. Mr president is not my friend or relation but what they are doing him is very bad. I hate oppression and greedy people. As you people are oppressing him, God will fight for him in Jesus Name Amen. One day we will no where this country stand. The blood of the people they killed in this country are crying. And God will fight for them. You kill a soul that you did not created. God will judge every man according to his deeds. Mr President don’t fear anybody fear only God. The Lord is your strength and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. May our blessed virgin Mother ‘MARY’ interceeds for you through Christ our Lord AMEN.

  9. Austinno Jeff   December 26, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Benjamin,u have just said it all. Its winning or not lies with us

  10. Benjamin Onoriode Akpobasa
    Benjamin Onoriode Akpobasa   December 26, 2013 at 12:09 am

    @ samson: what is the right he should do? He should not contest for 2015, right? Let us stop behaving in such a way dt will make international community to called us primitive. Nobody can tell GEJ not contest when he have the constitutional right to do so. It did not mean if he contest he must win, so if Nigerian does not want him to continue, by 2015 let us use our voting right and not by saying he can not contest.

  11. Wilson Ometan
    Wilson Ometan   December 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    This is the problem. Denial. Jonathan should have said “Obasanjo does not own Nigeria alone”. When those given? the Country’s custody does not include the rest of the people in governance, the country becomes an ophan

  12. Samson Ovo Eruteya
    Samson Ovo Eruteya   December 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Goodluck should behave himself then and listen to the voice of the people and do the right thing.


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