President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that he will not be party to inflicting pains on Nigerians, but warned that the country cannot continue to borrow to fund its economy. He gave the assurance at the 2011 Christmas Carol Service held at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, last night.
He said the whole world was experiencing economic challenges and Nigeria was not exception, but it will fizzle out soon.â€œI will plead with religious leaders both Christians and Muslims to join government and see how we will improve the economy of this nation. â€œWe are witnessing a nation, as the years are going the challenges are becoming more.
Most societies are becoming more enlightened. The demand for power has
increased, the demand for water, the demand for everything. Probably at independence how many cars did we have in this country. Even after the civil war, how many vehicles did we have, how many roads, how many streets had light?
â€œI remember the day I was chatting with a group of elders and they said after the war there was light everywhere, they travelled out and so on. I came to live in Port-Harcourt in 1955 even then it was only Port-Harcourt that had light. But now government must make sure even the smallest village and settlements have light. Without light you cannot preserve farm produce, so now the demand for everything has expended over the period there are more challenges.
And we believe with the present, for the past several years government has been borrowing money to run its affairs and the amount we borrow continues to increase. Who are we borrowing this money for? Who will come and upset the debts? I normally asked. And of course the professionals in the oil industry are making predictions that the oil reserve that we have, in 35 to 40 years will dry up.
â€œBy Godâ€™s grace we will discover more oil reserves, but based on what we have now and assuming we are unable to discover more in 35 to 40 years it will dry up. I pray not to live up to that time anyway, but some of the people here will witness that situation. President Jonathan thank various choir groups and the children from Uganda that participated in this yearâ€™s carol and the two great
African leaders present, Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda and Gen. Yakubu Gowon who ended the Civil War, dropped the sword and has now picked up the Bible through Nigeria Prays.
The carol service had seven lessons taken by First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, represenative of Senate President, Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Housing, Ama Pepple, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and President Jonatham
The carol had special renditions from Kaunda, Children choir from Uganda, Aso Villa Chapel, Women Choir from Jos, Akwa Ibom choir, the Civil Defence Corps Choir amongst others.