Jonathan marks 57th birthday with family, friends

President Goodluck Jonathan was on Thursday morning joined by family members, friends and aides to celebrate his 57th birthday.

The event was marked with a short Holy Communion service at the president’s official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba, officiated at the brief service.

Mr. Jonathan, who was joined by his wife, Dame Patience, and his mother, Eunice, later proceeded to cut his birthday cake.

Speaking after cutting the cake, Mr. Jonathan urged Nigerians to continue to join hands with him to move the nation forward.

He said “though we face challenges, we will surely get over them. Let us live together, work hard together and pray together.

“No one individual or group of individuals can hold this nation to ransom. Let us be together and work hard, and pray to God and surely all of us will be saved.

“On behalf of my wife and family, let me sincerely thank all of you that have made this highly successful.”

Earlier in a short exhortation, Mr. Onwuzurumba said God’s hand was on the President, adding that there was nothing opposition could do to a man bearing the hand of God.

He added that there would always be opposition, but once God had chosen a man, He would protect him.

The chaplain noted that God who called the president from a remote tribe would give him valiant men, whose hearts were right with God to work with him.

Basing his sermon on the only lesson of the service drawn 1 Samuel 10:14 to 26, Mr. Onwuzurumba enjoined Jonathan to remain steadfast and focused in the task of transforming the nation.

He said that “as we gather this morning, it is my joy to know that God chose His Excellency to direct the affairs of this country and certainly there will be and always be opposition‎.

“One thing I know and I’m sure you’ll agree with me is that when God’s hand is upon a man, when God has selected you, it doesn’t matter from what stock he has come from, God will protect him.”

Special prayers were later offered for the President, his wife, family members and the nation.

(NAN)


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  • deji

    Look at Jona looking very sad in this picture.. He realised that this is the last birthday he is having inside Aso Rock.
    Adieu the shoeless Ogogoro man.

    • Dominic

      R u God 2 say dat, it is only God dat can decide who becomes wat,

      • deji

        The God I serve does not support election riggers and their supporters.

        This is how Jonathan won the 2011 election..

        How to open the video on your browser: Replace (dot) with ( . ) and remove the spaces. Let me know if you have difficulty opening the video…..

        Jonathan is a cheat and a thief.

        https://www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=Xylm1DO-jmM

        https://www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=xjy7PSffwCY

        Also, listen to the confession by one aide to Jonathan’s supporter.

        https://www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=9zpkPPBuSXs

        Akpabio admits rigging election

        https://www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=sc3kww4BcyE

  • Dr. Kay

    May you continue to have violence erupts on your birthday for the rest of your dreadful life , oloshi , suegbe , oniranu eda, see him enjoying himself while chibok girls are still in captivity , is that how a commander in chief should comport himself?

  • ICC Hague

    Look at Mama Hipo fed fat from looting and become too large to be hooked

  • Maria

    The photo speaks volume… the man’s heart is not with the woman trying hard to hug him… his heart is somewhere else in the room!

  • Oladele

    Birthday or send off party which ones? Happy birthday though, wish you more years but not as my president. I got fed up already.

  • kwango

    In this picture the president appears uncomfortable and struggling to have some breath from the ‘captivity’ of an overbearing wife.

  • …Proudly Niger Deltan

    Sexiest hug. Una too much…You & your family are a blessing to Nigeria for all you efforts at securing peace despite local and international idiots who try to frustrate you. May you live long and be in perfect state of health till your term expires in 2019. Happy Birthday to you & even Happy birthday too to Princess Faka.

    But una for ‘arrange’ somebody for old Mama…it is not healthy the way she dey dance solo. Bodi no be firewood o!

  • …Proudly Niger Deltan