Admitting that 2015 would be a tempting electioneering year for the nation, President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday called for prayers, wisdom as well as good conduct among Nigerians with a view to avoiding setting the nation ablaze because of ambitions.
The president noted that nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian.
He made the remarks at the Christ Apostolic Church, Area 1, Durumi, Abuja, where he joined worshippers for the last Sunday service for the year.
Jonathan observed that election year in third world countries had always been a turbulent one with all kinds of predictions.
He expressed optimism that the God who brought the nation to this level will see it through.
“All that I will request of you is to continue to pray for us politicians, myself and other politicians from all political parties, for God to guide us in our utterances and what we do so that we will not sacrifice the lives of Nigerians because of our ambitions.
“Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. Pray to God to give us that wisdom and mind to make sure we conduct ourselves in a way that will not set the country ablaze because of our own personal ambition.
“There are so many good Nigerians who can hold the offices we are occupying or aspiring to occupy, it is by the privilege of God that we are here in the positions to ask for the mandates of Nigerians.
“None of us should begin to think that he is the best person to be anywhere from the state Houses of Assembly to the Presidency. There are a thousand and one Nigerians who are super qualified more than those people who are even aspiring to occupy the offices.
“Pray for us that God should give us the wisdom to conduct ourselves in a manner that at the end of the day, this country will triumph.
“The development of Nigeria is what all of us want. If every aspirant has the mind to develop the people, then you do not need to kill or maim people to get there.
“You do not need to kill the people you want to develop in order to get to the office you want except if you are aspiring for that office for a different reason.
“If the idea is to help the people, grow the economy and make the people happy, you won’t want to kill, you won’t want to maim or burn down houses, vehicles and propertyis Human beings may see things differently but God can guide us,” Jonathan said.
He stressed that the challenges facing the country did not start with his administration, but expressed hope that the challenges would be surmounted.
While saying it would have been worse but for Nigerians’ prayers, Jonathan also said God would see the country through the challenges.
He further said: “I always say that whenever I read the bible, especially the Old Testament, particularly the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the promised land, the kind of challenges they faced; the confrontation, the wars up to the days of King David, people were always fighting and you will ask why will the children of God continue to be fighting.
“I believe that what is happening to us is not as serious as sometimes the passages we read in the bible and God was able to see them through.
“The God we believe will see us through. What I will request from you is to continue to pray for us.
“For me and members of my team, in spite of the challenges, we will continue to do our best.
“As a nation, we have not reached where we want to go, definitely not. But we are coming up with a number of policies. Those who are taking the pain to look at what we are doing will agree with us that if we progress as a nation steadily in this manner, in the next four or five years, this country will be a better place.
“Only a few days back, the Vice-President was in Port Harcourt to commence the Eastern railway. The Western one moving from Lagos to Kano has been running. We will start using the modern one from Kaduna to Abuja by the first quarter of next year and the one from Port Harcourt.
“When we were small, there were railways. But I believe most of our children of about 30 years only see railway as cartoons in the television but now, they are seeing it.
“We relied on agriculture before the oil boom or doom and all that died. We are reviving it and the whole world has appreciated that we are moving forward in agriculture.
“When they start something, people do not see the benefits immediately. We know that as a nation, we have a lot of challenges in terms of getting jobs for our young graduates and we have set up a lot of programmes that can bring job opportunities for our young men.
“The result may not be obvious immediately but God willing, job opportunities will continue to increase and many more young people will be engaged.
“We have talked about the drop in global price of oil. Of course, if there is a drop in oil price, it will affect us in one way or the other. We tell our people to bear with us. It has happened before in 2008, 2009 that was almost about $40, we survived as a nation.
“This time, by all predictions, it will not even go as low as that, we will surely survive it. The economic team is working very hard to stabilise it and we believe that although there may be temporary inconveniences, it will definitely not bring the economy down,” he assured.