Boko Haram: Pray for soldiers, Jonathan urges Nigerians

President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Nigerians to be steadfast in their prayers for members of the Armed Forces and their families for their sacrifices in the war on terrorism.

He made the call on Sunday in Abuja at an inter-denominational church service held at the National Christian Centre to mark the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

The president said the Armed Forces and other security services deserved the prayers and commendations of Nigerians for laying down their lives to defend the country’s unity and territorial integrity.

He described members of the armed forces as “gallant people’’ working hard day and night with other security agencies to ensure that Nigerians sleep at night.

“Let me call on all Nigerians to continue to pray for the armed forces, their families and their wives because it is not easy to be wife of a soldier especially when he is posted to a state like Borno.

“We know what they are passing through; they need our prayers; we have to commend, encourage and support them,’’ he said.

The president noted that the security challenges facing the country could have been worse but for the gallantry and commitment of the armed forces in the fight against the insurgency.

While acknowledging the “inadequacies” in the military, the president restated the commitment of government to continue to kit and equip them to protect the citizens.

Mr. Jonathan pledged that his administration would continue to invest in the welfare of military personnel and their families through programmes like the recently launched “Victim Support Fund.”

Earlier in his sermon, Samuel Uche, the Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria, lauded the Armed Forces for their patriotism in the defence of Nigeria and some countries in Africa.

He acknowledged the heroism shown by the military during the first and second world wars, the Nigerian Civil War, peace operations in Africa and the current war on terrorism.

The cleric attributed the difficulties faced by the military in the war against insurgency to the activities of saboteurs in the military and the political class.

He said: “Arresting the menace of Boko Haram is proving difficult because of the many disgruntled elements who are involved.

The prelate urged the federal government to provide the military with equipment, welfare packages and all they needed to effectively prosecute the war on terror.

He warned politicians not to heat up the polity in their quest to wrestle for power in the forthcoming general elections.

The Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration is an annual event organised by the Ministry of Defence to honour the nation’s fallen heroes who laid down their lives in the defence of the nation.

The event is also used to honour veterans who are alive and solicit financial support for their well-being and the families of the fallen heroes.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Appreciating the Nigerian Armed Forces.”



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  • Yemi

    Jonathan ! Nigeria soldiers need ammunitions not prayer. God has given then wisdom and capacity to execute their job all they want from you is the tools. Stop stealing money meant for ammunitions. The blood of the soldiers killed is on your head

    • Dan Arewa

      This coconut-head zoologist was asking Buhari how many rifles he bought for the Nigerian army during his regime and he is now asking Nigerians to pray for the soldiers who fight without the deserved rifles. Shamelessness!

  • antonym

    Outgoing President Badluck Jonathan, our military does not require prayers please, what they require is a robust action involving sophisticated equipment supplies and morale building through enhanced welfare. For all I know, without these things, defeating those terrorists will only be a pipe dream. Even the prelate seem to understand this more than you do. It appears that he( the prelate) can handle the Boko Haram issue effectively. My request to you, Jonathan, is to quietly handover to that prelate.

  • True Nigerian

    He wants us to continue praying whilst he and his fraudulent aides are busy looting us dry! By the time we open our eyes from the useless prayers, Nigeria will have become Somalia. No, Mr President, our prayer is that you must go back to Otuoke or Uni-Port as a lecturer (assuming that any student would want to have your name in his or her CV as the professor that supervised him or her).

    He would call Christians to continue praying for the poor soldiers, but he will not probe the high-level mindless corruption in the military command which renders the poor junior officers feckless and poorly equipped in the face of existential threat. On one hand, I am wishing that this joke of a President would probe the lying and stealing generals and defence contractors, and politicians. And just then, I remind myself that he has actually built a notoriety for seeting up useless committees and then setting up another committee to investigate the report of the first comittee, after which he sets up a third committee to help him to bury all the recommendations of all the committees.

    I am praying here…the topic of my prayer is: O Lord! Jonathan and
    his horrendous leadership must be deported back to Otuoke on 14 FeBuhari
    2015! That is the prayer that will save the lives of our poor soldiers
    who are sent to die with no allowances, no weapons, no compensation to
    their families when they die. When they retire or die in combat, even the allowance they are being owed would also be pocketed by a few vermins that call themselves generals. Jonathan
    sack them; he says no! Jonathan probe them! He says no. For him, every
    Nigerian must die as a prayer warrior who prays for problems
    that toddlers should be able to solve with basic common sense and

    Sai Buhari! Sai Buhari! Sai Mai Gaskiya!

    • T-boy

      A resounding Amen!!

  • kday

    These useless leaders really take Nigerians for fools. They are quick to ask us to pray for this and that. No! Let them pray! If this is how prayer works, Nigeria should be the number one nation in the world. The whole world except my people knows that prayer without action is almost always just that; a prayer. As Nigerians, we pray for God to come solve our problems which is not possible. God has its hand full and he helps those who help themselves. So teacher Dumbo, don’t teach me nonsense. Just do your job and stop it with all this holier than thou mentality. We know when and how to pray.

  • Dan Arewa

    Mr Jonah are you really serious? Ihejirika and Sherif are pinpointed as sponsors of Boko Haram and are sleeping under your bed, are you serious about asking Nigerians to pray while the hooligans and bigots that surrounds you are sponsoring the same Boko Haram? Mr. zoologist what do you really take Nigerians for?

    Of course we are going to pray, but our prayer is for God to remove the root of the problem which is you.

  • favourtalk

    This man needs serious lesson to be thought to make him more concern that nigerians are more wiser than yesterday and 2011, the mercy that followed him had been removed when he misused it over the years, we need a change now, serious change for a better nation nit just excuses and failed vows. Change is unstoppable this time

  • Dapostle007

    Jonathan needs more prayer for himself on decision making and courage to face insurgency.. however,the time for the anticipated change is now. Vote GMB,OSINBAJO for federal..APC for 2015…

  • The president keeps using religion to hoodwink the people. The soldiers fighting Boko haram don’t lack prayers,they lack adequate men and superior weapons.

  • Chris1408

    It’s sad GEJ is president of a country of more than 170 million people with sound minds. Are we so dumb and weak to have a president not qualified as a house boy to most of us running our country. How did we degenerate this low.

  • Patriotic Citizen

    Haba Jonathan,assuming Nigerians have not praying for those soldiers by now even that man behind you must have been killed by Boko Haram. Prayers cannot turn to Armour car oga Jona, Prayers cannot turn to attack helicopters Mr GEJ,prayers cannot turn to Anti Aircraft Guns Goodluck Jon,prayers cannot take care of the welfare of those soldiers and that of their family Oga Ebele. So please, Nigerians had been contributing with unrelenting prayers kindly do your part. But, the question is when?You have less than 40days to be voted out and you have less than 5 months to handover. But remember you secured loan to equip those soldiers please endeavour to do so. Because you may likely be deceived that Buhari said he will not hunt people like you and your ministers, but I swear if you carry that money waka go Buhari will cut your ears.Be careful.