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Jonathan Calls For Prayers As Fasting Begins

As the annual Muslim Ramadan fasting commences Saturday in different parts of the world, President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the faithful to use the period to offer special prayers for peace and security in the country.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

The President reassured the nation that the Federal Government, would continue to work tirelessly to curb insurgency, terrorism and other criminal acts which had caused insecurity in some parts of the country.

His statement was contained in a release issued on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. The President urged Nigerians not to succumb to despair, but to remain steadfast in the conviction that with courage, determination, focus, decisiveness and collective support for the security agencies, the country would overcome sectionalism, sectarianism and international terrorism seeking to disunite the nation.

The statement reads: “As they join fellow adherents of the faith in other parts of the world in undergoing the spiritual purification of the annual Ramadan fast against the background of security challenges in the country, President Jonathan urges all Nigerian Muslims to offer special prayers during the period for greater peace and security in the nation”

“He urges Nigerians not to succumb to despair, but to remain steadfast in the firm conviction that with courage, determination, focus, decisiveness and collective support from the Armed Forces  and various security agencies, the country will ultimately overcome the evil agents of sectionalism, sectarianism and international terrorism which seek to disunite the nation” added the President’s release.

 

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