Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has said Nigeria is moving forward in spite of its daunting internal challenges.
Jonathan made the statement at a Pre-Centenary National Praise and Thanksgiving Service held on Sunday at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The president urged Nigerians to see the challenges being faced by the country as ephemeral, adding that they should not be despaired.
Specifically, the president gave the instance of the victory being recorded in the sports sector in spite of the challenges currently being witnessed in the country.
He recalled that when he visited the Super Eagles at their camp in Addis Ababa on Saturday, he charged the players to win the World Cup qualifier match against Ethiopia.
According to him, the victory will be a message to the World that the country is moving forward even in the face of challenges.
He noted that with prayers, commitment and resilience of Nigerians, the country would overcome its challenges.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event scheduled to start at 3 p.m., was delayed for 90 minutes to enable the president watch the World Cup qualifier match.
The match played in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ended 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.
The Praise and Thanksgiving service was organised by the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Religious Affairs and Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Obioma Onwuzurumba.
The service was sponsored by the Chairman of Nestoil, Dr Ernest Obiejesi.
In a brief exhortation before leading the prayers for the nation, Reverend Austen Ukachi, noted that prayers remained the key factor that united the nation for 100 years of its existence.
Ukachi said that in her 100 years of existence, Nigeria had witnessed series of crises that would have disintegrated the country.
He noted that it was the mercy of God and the prayers of the faithful that had kept the country united.
NAN reports that the event featured Nigerian gospel artists like Frank Edward and Hope Davies, American Judy Jacobs and Kurt Carr as well as the Mass Choir.
The service was graced by the Senate President, David Mark, his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and the Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha.
The others were Governor Theodore Orji of Abia, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, Ministers, Presidential Aides, the Clergy, the Diplomatic Corps and the business community.