From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to forget the current challenges, confronting the country, pledging his administration would perform better in 2013. He said the New Year would better the lots of Nigerians in all aspects and urged Nigerians not to lose hope because he had resolved with his cabinet to make significant changes.
The president gave the assurance at the foundation laying of the Living Faith Foundation’s Bible College in Kaduna. “Let me assure all of you and, indeed, all Nigerians, that 2013 will be better for us than 2012 in all aspects of the nation’s history. The New Year shall be better for us in terms of job creation, wealth creation and improved security, among others,” he said.
President Jonathan said although the changes might seem to be slow in coming because of the tedious processes involved, they would soon be manifesting in forms of better wellbeing for the people. He said he was aware of the doubts Nigerians were expressing about his government because of challenges. “Sometimes, challenges make people doubt the sincerity of government but I am confident that God knows everything,” he added.
Making reference to Job in the Bible, who lost everything, Jonathan said God wanted Nigerians to learn some lessons from current challenges, noting that God meant well for the country. While assuring the citizenry that the improvement being witnessed in power supply would be sustained, the president said his wish was that Nigerians could live without buying generating sets. He said his administration should be able to generate enough power so that small scale businesses could thrive.
“Small-scale businesses, such as barbing salons, cannot continue to buy generators to operate and break even. My wish is for Nigerians not to have generating sets.” On security challenges in the North, President Jonathan said law enforcement office was working hard to end the tide. He added that having sanitised the electoral process, his administration was also intervening massively in road construction, upgrading of airports and railway development.