‘Boko Haram is temporary, it will surely go’ – President Jonathan Promises

‘Boko Haram is temporary, it will surely go’ – President Jonathan Promises

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on January 6, 2014
President Goodluck Jonathan | Jonathan Rebboah/Wostok Press/Maxppp France, Paris)

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that Boko Haram will soon be a thing of the past.

The President said that life in the north must change and development must go to all parts of the country.

Speaking at the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Area1, Abuja, where he participated in the first Sunday Service of the year, the President noted that Nigeria will soon overcome the scourge of Boko Haram.

The President said:

“We are particularly committed to know where our challenges are, especially in some parts of the north, we are quite pleased with the measures from the outgoing President and the measures of the incoming President concerning Boko Haram,… we sympathize with those who have been affected by the executions.
Boko Haram is temporary, Boko Haram will surely go. A number of countries are facing similar challenges and some have been able to overcome it and surely we will overcome Boko Haram.
Life in the north must change; development must go to all parts of this country” Jonathan said.

We will collectively liberate this country from the hands of any evil person so that we can leave behind a Nigeria that our children and grandchildren will be proud of.

I’m not going to read a speech because I avoid making speeches this time around so that I will not be misinterpreted. We are quite please to be with you today. We have enjoyed your approach to worship. Let me, again, thank the new incoming President, Reverend Datiri for the sermon.

I will not bore you, but let me reassure you again that myself and those who have been elected this period, that the political environment are always noisy all over the world. There is nowhere you won’t hear so much noise.

Even the United States of America, not long ago, the country was almost shut down. For so many months people were worried that the country that has practised democracy for so many years could get to that situation. But that is politics for you.

But let me reassure you that we will continue to work harder to improve the quality of lives of Nigerians. …..anything you start, there is always a time. If you want to build a single storey building, it must take you some time to build. We are building one small mini private banquet for the President in the State House…. with a great company like Julius Berger what we thought will take six months is getting to two years.”

The new president of COCIN, Dachollom Datiri, delivering pastoral greetings to the congregation noted that the church had suffered greatly from Boko Haram attacks in its branches in the North East.

Datiri commended the President Jonathan for declaring a State of Emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa stating that it checked the activities of the insurgents.

Datiri said, “Your transformation agenda is loveable and commendable. You are always in church and God will never forget you. When a leader puts the things of God first, all other things shall be added unto him.”

He added that, “COCIN is ever thankful to God for giving you to Nigeria, COCIN members, despite political affiliations, will support you.”

The clergyman prayed that they would soon be over and that no evil plan would succeed in Nigeria.


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