Jonathan likens Nigeria’s challenges to Israelites’ journey to Canaan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday likened the current challenges facing Nigeria to the hardship encountered by the Israelites on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.

Mr. Jonathan spoke during his foster daughter’s wedding thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Life Camp, Abuja.

He told the congregation that just as the Israelites eventually made it to Canaan despite the numerous challenges that confronted them on the way, Nigeria would get to its desired destination.

The president urged Nigerians to continue to support the government and pray for the country, adding that government would keep doing its best to overcome the challenges.

“This is a period in which the whole world is being challenged, just like some of the passages we read.

“Whenever I think about all these happenings in Nigeria it makes me remember the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land.

“When God promised they were going to be given a land full of milk and honey, ordinarily one would have expected them to just walk in and get the milk and honey.

“But they had to cross the Red Sea; that was a challenge. They had to meet people like Annas and others. That was a big challenge, but because God wanted them to be there they were able to get there.

“Surely, we will get to where we want to go as a nation. We may have the road bumps, we may have the obstacles but we will crush them and pass them.

“All we want to request is your continued support and your prayers, and we promise we will continue to do our best.’’

The president’s foster daughter, Inebharapu Paul, got married to Simeon Onyemaechi, on Saturday.

The ceremony, which held at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, attracted important dignitaries including former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The wedding reception was later held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

While thanking God for success of the entire marriage process, Mr. Jonathan asked the congregation to join him in prayers for peace and happiness to reign in the couple’s home.

The president was joined by his wife, Patience Jonathan; his mother, Eunice; and some of his aides.

Special prayers were offered by the Primate of the Anglican Church, Nicholas Okoh, for the couple, the first family and for the nation.

He later presented a carton of the Anglican annual devotional as a gift to the president as well as the church’s hymn books and calendar to the couple.



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  • amazing2012

    Wow daft will always be daft, reading not from from constitution but from he can later claim that he is a president for all. Reading bible or Quran or any book is not a solution to our problem but to act. When the Israelites get over their problems do they wait without action ? Do they keep pointing finger while they know their enemies and are eatng with them ? Please, just resign as directed by God through Father Nmbaka !

  • Chris1408

    Laughable, so does that make him Moses? I guess we’ll reach it without him

  • Ayelala

    Take your biblical parable elsewhere. This man is actually clinically insane.

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  • tundemash

    Since PDP started their misrule 16 years ago ….. does it mean there are 24more years of PDP misrule to go ?
    Or if we start counting from Nigeria’s independence, have we not spent much more than the Isralites spent looking for the milk and honey Mr. Jonadaft ????????
    But Jonadaft , you forgot to tell us if Moses was busy stealing the Israelites to death while they were on that journey ?

  • tundemash

    A rejoinder to an article “A President Without Balls” by FFK; see Leadership Newspaper of Friday October 4, 2013 page 72.
    “70 more people killed in Borno and Adamawa states by Boko Haram today.
    Gosh. What a wonderful and effective Commander-in-Chief we have.
    Jonathanians clap for yourselves. No matter how much you use your EFCC and your SSS to harrass us I maintain that you still remain a ”President Without Balls” (olori oko ti o lepon).Instead of using the state’s resources to try and jail your perceived enemies even though they have done no wrong why don’t you be… a man and a real President and fight Boko Haram. As I wrote in my article titled ”A President Without Balls” (or ”The Gutless Eunuch and the Spirit Of The Jagaban”) you are not only incompetent and clueless but you are just ”weak, weak, weak”.

    May the blood of all those innocent Nigerians that were slaughtered by Boko Haram yesterday and the 7000 that have been slaughtered by them in the last 7 years haunt you and yours until the day you die. No matter what you do, as long as there is life in me, I will oppose your evil rule and your corrupt and wicked government.” -FFK

  • Yusuf

    its only likened to Devil’s whisper to Adam or may be most recent reference of Devil’s whisper to Lauren Gbagbo

  • abbadd

    All this deceit and religious divide will not work GEJ it worked in 2011 but now t is too late Nigerians of all faith know the truth you can’t take us to the promised land.