President Jonathan opens up on his plans for future



The incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan reveals what he will do after handing over affairs to the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

The president said his main commitment after May 29 will be to involve religious and ethnic leaders across Nigeria on the need to allow peace to reign.

The leader of the country exposed his plans briefly after receiving the 2015 Epitome of Peace Award by the Field Superintendent of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory Field, Apostle John Buzu, at the Aso Rock villa, Abuja.

Jonathan said he took the choice because of his strong belief that Nigerians can only practice their various religions in an atmosphere of peace.

The prize was in recognition of the step he took after the March 28 presidential poll, which had led to Nigeria’s peace.

He said he would work hard to decrease religious and ethnic discrimination in the country after leaving his duties as president.

President said:

To whom much is given, much is expected. For you to honour me today, you have given me another mandate to work harder to ensure that we as Nigerians continue to live in peace.

“One thing I have decided I will do after leaving office is to be talking to faithful of all religions: Christians, Muslims and other religions, on the need for Nigerians to live in peace.

“This is because when there is crisis in any part of the country, nobody can practise his own religion. If there is crisis anywhere, people cannot go to the mosque, they cannot go to the church.

“We need peace in this country, no matter our religious persuasion or belief. That will be one of my main commitments when I leave office: to reduce discrimination in this country based on religious divides or ethnicity. I believe I will have so many apostles that will follow me to do that.”

Jonathan while recognizing the church for believing him fit for the prize, he saw that a number of Nigerians make extraordinary contributions to national development daily, but they go neglected.

President added that a few of them, comprising himself, are a bit luckier because their contributions are noted.

I sincerely thank you for considering me fit for this honour that you have just bestowed on me.

“All of us do a number of things everyday. People have saved this country, we don’t even know some of them or what they did but some people are a bit luckier that their actions are noticed and sometimes rewarded.

“You have also noticed me with my little contribution, not just because I am the President of the country, but because of an action I took that you believe saved lives and you are honouring me,”Jonathan added.