Easter: Jonathan urges reconciliation, progress after Nigeria’s presidential elections

FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan
FILE PHOTO: Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has asked Nigerians to put the recent presidential elections behind them and reconcile their differences “as children from the same womb, Nigeria.”

He stated this in an Easter message to Nigerians posted on Facebook Saturday.

Mr. Jonathan, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, lost to his main challenger, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.

He accepted defeat and also made a broadcast to the nation last Tuesday during which he urged those who may feel aggrieved to follow due process based on the nation’s constitution and electoral laws.

In his Easter message, the president said, “My dear friends on Facebook, As we celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I want to celebrate all Nigerians for keeping faith with democracy which is the only vehicle for the continuous growth and stability of our dear nation. Easter is the culmination of the Lenten season, a time to imbibe Christ’s teachings of reconciliation with God and each other.

“This year’s celebration of Easter is taking place at a period of very critical national choices and decisions, during which we must all be prepared and willing to make sacrifices for greater unity, peace, political stability and progress in our beloved country.

“As a nation, we must accept that the Presidential elections are behind us and reconcile our differences as children born from the womb of one mother, Nigeria. I am confident that we will do this. Happy Easter and may God bless Nigeria. GEJ.”

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