According to THE NATION Newspaper President Goodluck Jonathan said he rose from the smallest community in Bayelsa State to become Nigeria’s President by the grace of God and people’s support.
Jonathan noted that lack of love and unity was the greatest problem facing the country and urged the congregation to continue to pray for Nigeria because it is specially blessed by God and would get to greater heights through the prayers.
“We will try our best, but this is not the time to reel out what we are doing or what we are not doing. Otherwise, they will think I am here to campaign. But I assure you in this congregation and all Nigerians’ that by the will of God and your support, I am here today from nowhere.
“Any child of Nigeria can be where I am. I come from the smallest state in this country; even within the state, one of the smallest communities in Bayelsa State. Even within the community, I am from one of the smallest families. But I am here today (as President) by the grace of God.
“But I totally agree with our man of God that it was not by chance; it was ordained by God. If God didn’t want it at that point, the North and South would not have come together. The details of the North and South coming together make Nigeria a great country. I use to say that Nigeria is great not because of oil. We have countries that produce more oil than Nigeria, but nobody talks about them.
“We have countries that have multi-million dollars in reserve because of their wealth. Yet, nobody talks about them. But the biggest to the smallest country talks about Nigeria. Why? It’s because of the diversity from the North to the South, the human and natural resources, the potentials and the population that we have.
“So, Nigeria is a country that has a special blessing from God. It is left for us to appreciate God and continue to pray for God’s intervention. This country will continue to be great.
“I promise our children that we are totally committed to make sure that they meet a different Nigeria. We will collectively work hard to overcome these barriers, these feelings of ‘Oh, I am Christian, or I am a Muslim; I am Hausa or I am Ijaw. Immediately we cross that barrier and we begin to believe that we are all Nigerians and we are committed to the development of this country, our children will surely meet a better Nigeria.”
“That is the type of Nigeria we want to create – a Nigeria where you can get what you want, if you work hard. It is not because you know somebody who knows somebody that will talk to somebody. We want a Nigeria where our children, if they work hard, will get whatever they want, just like in other free societies like America and so on. We will work with you to help you to get to wherever you want to go.”