Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan joined Muslim followers as they commemorated the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, in a statement, quoted the President as saying, “As Muslims in the country join believers in other parts of the world in celebrating the Prophet’s birth, President Jonathan urges them to offer special prayers during the Eid-el-Maulud for greater peace, unity and progress in Nigeria.”
As this year’s Eid-el-Maulud coincidentally came a day before the nation’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, President Jonathan urged all Nigerians, including Muslims and non-Muslims to seize the opportunity of the Eid to offer special prayers.
He urged officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces to continue to do their best to protect the nation’s territorial integrity and achieve greater security in all parts of the country.
“Against the background of the increasing tempo of political activities in the country, as individuals, groups and parties jostle for vantage positions in the countdown to next year’s general elections, President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that his administration will not be distracted from working diligently to bring all of its priority developmental programmes and projects to a successful conclusion,” Abati said.
The President also assured the nation that his administration would continue to act on its belief that only free, fair and credible elections can make democracy in Nigeria truly meaningful and useful as a vehicle for development and progress by working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders to make the best possible preparations for the next elections.
“President Jonathan will continue to count on the support and prayers of patriotic Nigerians for the success of his administration’s efforts to move the nation faster along the path to greater peace, unity, progress and prosperity.”
– CAJ News