Jonathan asks Nigerian to pray for peaceful elections during Lent

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan felicitates with all Christians in the country as they begin the observance of Lent for the year 2015.

As they undergo the rites of the 40-day Lenten season which runs from today, Ash Wednesday, to Easter Sunday, with constant prayers, penitence, fasting and self-denial, President Jonathan urges Christians in Nigeria to pray fervently for peaceful, violence-free and successful general elections in the country on March 28 and April 11, 2015.

The President also seizes the opportunity of the commencement of Lent to call on all political leaders in the country, Christians and non-Christians alike, to rededicate themselves to the commitment they have made to peaceful, non-violent campaigns and elections, and do their utmost best to ensure that their supporters across the country uphold that commitment.

In the spirit of that commitment, President Jonathan further urges all those seeking political office in the coming elections to eschew hate speech, incitement to violence, divisiveness and the malicious denigration of opponents.

He urges all political parties in the country to join the federal government in giving the fullest possible support and cooperation to INEC to ensure that it delivers free, fair and credible elections.

As they observe Lent, President Jonathan urges the Christian community to reflect more on all the ideals of human existence taught by Jesus Christ during his ministry on earth.

He calls on Christians to make those ideals, including piety, love for others, tolerance, humility, selfless service to others, honesty, fairness, justice and equity more manifest in their daily lives.

President Jonathan prays that God Almighty will answer the prayers of all Nigerians and bless the country with successful elections, continued unity and further progress.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media& Publicity)


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  • tunji braimoh

    Our amiable president we love you and we will vote massively for you on the 28th of march for those of us who are with you are so much more than the few angry people that are against you and are killing people just to gain power

    • Tunsj

      Stop dreaming and do not vote against your own interest.

  • Yusuf

    what we need is free and fair election

  • Screw-em

    Dumbo GEJ can fast and repent all he wants for the next 40 days. All l know, and believe, is come hell or high water, Humpty Dumpty GEJ don’t stand a freaking chance in hell of winning any election come March 28, 2015. Your entire household unfortunately will vote against you. What a dumbfounding condemnation of your phantom “transformation agenda”……..Sai BUHARI!!

    • Atinuke

      Because u have plotted to rig the election? U will fail. #NO2Buhari

  • Majek tunde

    Mr president, continue to put everything in place for rigging and undemocratic behaviours and expect peace,o.k !!

  • Otile

    Alhaji Jega is never going to be ready for PDP PVCs. They may have to postpone the election one more time to forcibly extract the last batches of PDP PVCs he is hoarding somewhere.

  • kday

    Somebody please tell that moron he is the one who needs prayer not Nigerians. The same freaking line he has been using to hoodwink Nigerians while he and his cronies smile to their swiss banks. May God punish him for all these deceits he’s perpetrating against Nigerians.

    • Atinuke

      U don’t have manner.

  • Atinuke

    Nigeria is in need of serious prayers. Even Buhari admitted it but it wouldn’t be necessary if Buhari chooses to control his dogs of destruction when he looses come 28 march 2015. #NO2Buhari #GEJ4Naija