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Jonathan: Media using my speeches against me

Jonathan, who spoke yesterday during a Sunday Service at Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi, Abuja, said these days were not the best of days to make…

Jonathan, who spoke yesterday during a Sunday Service at Apostolic Faith Church, Jabi, Abuja, said these days were not the best of days to make speeches as the media were out to paint any statements made.
“I don’ t have a formal address because for those of us in politics, these days are not the best days to make speeches because any statement we make, people look at how to paint it. The next day when you read the newspapers, you start doubting if that’s what you said. So, any statement we make is always used against us, but I’m quite pleased to be here with you today to worship with you. I love the children and your programme,” he said.
Jonathan noted that the amalgamation of the North and Southern Protectorares was ordained by God, adding that Nigeria’s greatness lies in her diversity, resources, potentials and population.
He said, “Nigeria was amalgamated by our colonial masters in 1914. By 1st of January next year, Nigeria as a state will be 100 years old. But I totally agree with our man of God that it was not by chance, it was ordained by God. If God didn’t will it at that point, the north and the south would not have come together. The details of the north and south coming together make Nigeria a very great country. I used to say that Nigeria is great, not because of oil. We’ve countries that produce more oil than Nigeria, but nobody talks about them.
The president, who pledged his administration’s commitment to ensuring a better nation for the younger generation, said any Nigerian child, regardless of his/her background, could become president.
“I promise our children that we’re totally committed to making sure that they meet a different Nigeria. We’ll collectively work hard to overcome these barriers, these feelings of I’m a Christian, I’m a Muslim, I’m Hausa, I’m Ijaw. Immediately we cross that barrier and we begin to believe  that we’re all Nigerians and we’re committed to the development of this country, our children will surely meet a better Nigeria. We’ll try our best, but this is not the time to reel out what we’re doing or what we’re not doing, otherwise they’ll think I’m here to campaign.
“But I assure this congregation and indeed, all Nigerians, that by the will of God and your support, I’m here today from nowhere. Any child of Nigeria can be where I’m. 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, one of the smallest families. But I’m here today by the grace of God.  That is the type of Nigeria we want to create; a Nigeria where you can get what you want if you work hard, not because you know somebody who knows somebody that’ll talk to somebody; 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,” he said.

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