Don’t be cowed by terrorism, Jonathan tells Nigerians after Ramadan

The president asks Nigerians to be strong despite growing insecurity and bloodshed.

As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, which marks the end of Ramadan fasting, President Goodluck Jonathan called on Nigerians Saturday to portray love, honesty and piety in dealing with one another as taught by the Prophet Mohammed.

He also called on Nigerians to be tolerant with one another and to co-exist in peace and show a dedication to duty that will benefit the nation.

“I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

“I congratulate all of our countrymen and women who have successfully undertaken the purifying Ramadan fast.

“May the lessons and blessings of the Holy Month also permeate into us all, and positively influence our attitudes towards our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of their religion or places of origin; and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation,” he said in a statement signed by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Reuben Abati.

Mr Jonathan also commiserated with those affected by the attacks of Boko Haram insurgents during the Ramadan month, adding that they should not let their spirit and belief in the Nigeria be dampened.

“Although the observance of the Holy Month was sadly tainted in parts of the country with the continuing atrocities of extremists and terrorists in our midst, I urge all patriotic Nigerians to remain strong and resolute in defence of freedom, unity, law and order, peace, security and progress of the nation.

“I feel the pains and anguish of all our compatriots who have experienced the harrowing impact of terrorism unleashed on them by brainwashed and misguided agents of evil and disunity, but we must never throw up our hands in helplessness and despair as the terrorists and purveyors of anarchy want.”

He asked Nigerians to support men of the armed forces fighting to end the insurgency while reiterating the government’s commitment to stamp out terrorism.

In similar vein, the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast. He also urged Muslims to draw from the lessons learnt during the holy month in their dealing with one another and with Allah.

Expressing worry at the precarious security situation in the country, Mr Fayemi calls on Muslims and Nigerians as a whole to seek the face of God in the affair of the country.

While condemning the spate of terror attacks in the country, Mr Fayemi advises Nigerians to be vigilant and conscious of their environments even as they celebrate.

“This is the time we all need to come together to tackle insecurity in the country even as we pray for God’s protection over the land”, he said.

He particular condemns the killings of innocent people this week in Kaduna and Kano and prayed for the peace repose of their souls.


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  • Tonnero

    Advise from a man who refuses to visit Chibok out of fear inspite of having the full force of the Nigerian Armed Forces an other security agencies at his beck and call.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Lol.

      We are not cowed by Boko haram, of course.

      We are just ‘jonathaned’!

    • Dorcas

      Dont mind him, why cant he live by example? A lily levered man.

  • True Nigerian

    Oga Jonah, is that also one of the things you learnt from your aunty, Malala? You are a fast learner o! Abi na to talsk say Aunty Malala na fast teacher o! Either way, we thank God say we get aunty Malala wey sabi cut pieces of paper put into ya Doctorate blockhead o!

    But oga Jona, if I believe a word of yours on security, then I can believe almost anything else. With one side of your mouth, you are trying to rally Nigerians together. And in almost the same breath you are launching smear campaigns and unlawfully using our own publicly funded security services against patriotic citizens that represent the last vestiges in a conscienceless Nigeria. You say make we stand together, but you are harassing anybody that dares to remind you of your duty to the citizens of the new Republic of fear and death? And whilst that one is going on, you cart away millions of dollars to pay some dodgy American PR Firm in order to spread lies and tell us that a hopelessly incompetent Jonathan is, in fact, incompetent. And as part of their falsehood, they try to convince us that they have been paid our scarce funds in order to find the Chibok girls. Meanwhile, none of your conscienceless PR liars in Washington is anywhere near the vicinity of Chibok or Sambisa. Did you say Nigerians should not be cowed by terrorism when you live in sheer denial of their victimisation and you take as much as 3 months to even decide whether to see the poor Chibok children that were brave enough to escape from enemies whom you and your $1b worth of mendacious army commanders were afraid to confront?

    Jona don’t kill Nigeria o! Don’t bury Nigeria o! May Nigeria survive you, your incompetence and your treacherously effusive advisers o! Jona, make you no nail the coffin of Nigeria o! Remember, you could never have become a President in a Republic of Niger Delta o! Ibori, Odili, Alams and Akpabio for don take money buy Dokubo and them for take gun pursue you commot from that Niger Delta Republic. Remember say na only a useless obodo like Nigeria wey go make person like you president. So make you kukuma no kill Nigeria before you go o!

    Jona! Jona! Jona! Na how many times I call you so? “This blood they are ‘sharing’ in Bronu, Abuja, Jos, Kaduna, Yobe, Zamfara, Bauchi, and the lies and thief-thief they are sharing in Abuja under your supervision” There is god ooooo! There is god oooo! there is god oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  • jiggy234

    My advice to our President on how to lead-well into history books, is to please take decisions based on facts and not sentiments. The simple way to achieving this feat, is for you to apply/remember your oath of office, you will then find it so easy to lead the country.
    Many Nigerians believe that you are genuine in your purpose, but you are surrounded with bad company that are always presenting false information to you, and that is beclouding your judgement.
    Always show/demonstrate to the people surrounding you, how much you hate sentiments/sycophancy/lies, then make sure you reward patriotism/creativity/integrity/delivery/compassion, and punish by example anything negative – just do that for 2-3 months, and I assure you, everyone will fall in line. You will be amazed how Nigerians will easily support & lookup to you as their Leader!

  • Truthometer

    Don’t be jonathaned by boko haram, Nigerians are already cowed; courtesy of dumbo and his evil party, PDP.

  • Angryman

    “May the lessons and blessings of the Holy Month also permeate into us all,”
    Abati should be more careful with his statements
    We are not all moslems
    Fayemi’s statement is more in order
    Happy Sallah to those celebrating, though with heavy heart due to terrorist attacks which occurred even today
    On break
    Bye for now