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Jonathan urges clerics to Always Pray for Nigeria, Admits Country Faces Serious Challenges

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

Against the backdrop of the present economic and political challenges confronting Nigeria, president Goodluck Jonathan, Friday urged religious leaders to always pray for the nation.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

The president, who admitted, that Nigeria is currently facing serious challenges just like some other countries around the world, said though, the problems are enormous, but could still be surmounted via prayers.

Speaking during the funeral church service of mother of senator Ayogu Eze, representing Enugu North senatorial District, Mrs. Paulina Omadaja Eze,  at Umuida, Enugu Ezike, in Igboeze North council area of Enugu state, Jonathan, said the challenges Nigeria is passing presently is her share of the global crisis.

He said, “I want to use this opportunity to continue to ask the clergymen and women to continue to pray for the country”

“We have challenges, there is no doubt about that, and there are world challenges everywhere, when you open the television, they always talk crisis here and there, and there always breaking news, and these breaking are all about crisis”

The world is in crisis and we are also having our own share of the crisis, but I am convinced that by your prayers, the prayers of the men and women of this country, God will see us through”

In his remarks President of the senate, David mark, who led other senators to the event had commiserated with the Eze’s  family.

He however, described senator Eze as a dependable ally whom he said, has represented the people of his constituency very well at the upper chambers of the National Assembly NASS.

Also speaking Enugu state Governor, Sullivan Chime, thanked president Jonathan, for always identifying with the people of the state.

Our correspondent recalled that President Jonathan, also attended that funeral service of Chime’s mother some time last year in Enugu council of the state.

The officiating priest and Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, in his speech, had advised political leaders in the country to always remain focus in all they do, adding that they should be listening leaders.

He however, gave Nigerians massage of hope, saying “all hope is not yet lost in the country despite the litany of challenges facing the nation.

The chief mourner, senator Eze, in his brief speech, had expressed appreciation to president Jonathan, his colleagues, as well as other dignitaries that graced the ceremony

Also Present at the event were governors of Anambra state Peter Obi, his Ondo state counterpart, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, former minister of Power, professor Barth Nnaji, Deputy senate president, Ike, Ekeremadu, former Inspector General of police IGP , Ogbonna Onovo, members of federal House of Representatives  amongst other personalities.

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