FORMER President Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan, yesterday, enjoined
Nigerians to pray and work for the
good of the country, stressing that
God would see the nation through
its period of hardship.
Jonathan stated this while
addressing the congregation at
Word Illumination Ministry in
Gwarimpa, Abuja, where the
former president, his wife and well
wishers had gone to dedicate and
thank God for his first grandchild.
Jonathan noted that every
country has its high and low
periods, adding that with
dedication and hard work, nations
overcome their problems. The
former president also advised
Nigerians to endeavour to protect
and give their best to their country
at all times.
“I will just thank God for all he
has been doing for our country
and I also thank you all for the
prayers for the good of our
country. Whenever I am talking
to Christians and other believers
depending on their faith, I always
urge them to pray for the country.
Every nation has to go through two
periods; period of adversity and
period of joy.
“For Christians if you read the Old Testament, you sometimes
think that the whole world was
going to end but God has a
reason for everything. No matter
the circumstances we are going
through today, I believe that with
prayers, diligence and hardwork of
Nigerians, God will see this nation
through all its tribulations. I always
say that the key and constant thing
is Nigeria, and not who is leading
the country. It could be Jonathan
today, it could be Buhari, Obasanjo,
Shagari, Babangida, Abdulsalami
today, and it could be anybody else.
We have all played our part. And as
we progress others will take over.
Maybe some of the people that will
take over tomorrow are also here in
this church.
‘‘So the most important thing is
the nation that belongs to all of us
and we must strive to protect and
give our best to what belongs to
all of us. As Christians we must
pray for Nigeria. The world we are
seeing today is so different from
what we saw some years back. In
fact when we were in secondary
school, the books we used to read
about the gladiators in our history
books, and they were operating
more like in another world, but
today we have crisis all over the
world, not just Nigeria. We must
realise that God loves this country,
we have very vibrant Christians
and I believe that with your
persistent prayers, God will see us
Earlier, the Senior Pastor of Word
Illumination Ministry, Mr. Runyi
Osim Edward, while welcoming
the former first family and their
well wishers to the church,
described Jonathan as the father of
Nigeria’s democracy.
In a sermon entitled ‘Returning to
our first love’, he urged Nigerians
to seek redemption by remaining
true to God and their calling