Jonathan prays for Nigeria driven by talent and character, not religion, tribe 

FILE PHOTO: Former President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the Bloomberg Studio in London

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Saturday said a greater Nigeria is achievable through action and prayer.

In a New Year message posted on his official Facebook account, Mr. Jonathan joined his family to wish Nigerians a Happy New Year 2017.

“My prayer for Nigeria in the year 2017 is that we continue to forge greater ties across the length and breadth of this great nation to the end that we may achieve the Nigerian Dream: A nation where the child of a nobody can become a somebody without knowing anybody,” Mr. Jonathan, who was president between 2010 and 2015, said. 

“A nation where your knowledge, talent and character affect your upward mobility rather than the fact of your tribe, religion or birth. Such a Nigeria is possible if we all pitch in in word, action and prayer which I am sure we will do. 

“I wish all Nigerians a very Happy New Year 2017. On behalf of my family and I, I congratulate you for making it into the New Year. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”


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  • share Idea

    Whenever my hero speaks, he speaks statesmanly, diplomatic and civil. May our good God continue to shower you with His blessings and wisdom.

    Happy new year to fellow Nigerians and my hero – GEJ

    • Tunlampa

      you hero is a thief.

      • share Idea

        Clap for yourself and go and collect your stipend from APC as you have repeated rubbish they feed you.

    • ogechi

      If GEJ is ur HerO, am afraid u r a ZeRo

  • The Optimist

    OK. It’s good wish, more so that ‘talent and character’ are not issues of luck but earned.

  • CeeCee1818

    He should pray for good governance and looting to stop.

    • Grit Harrison

      have looting stop with 100million naira budgeted for Kitchen utensils ,what about for Newspaper!

  • Arabakpura

    OK! Happy new year to you and your family; next time they call you for prayers in ASO Villa, endeavour to go! It’s for the good of Nigeria!

  • JasV

    This is the “morning after” effect when di ogogoro don clear for im face. Yeye man

    • Otile

      Unity beggars, leave him alone, separation is the answer.

    • Grit Harrison

      IF with Ogogoro he could send these intelligent words,then all those in ASO ROCK should go for Ogogoro to give us intelligent polices and ideals because that is what we need in this Recession!

  • Decimator

    “A nation where your knowledge, talent and character affect your upward mobility rather than the fact of your tribe, religion or birth. Such a Nigeria is possible if we all pitch in in word, action and prayer which I am sure we will do”.

    In as much as almost everybody including the Autocrats and upholders of the status quo will agree that these are the values that should be attributed to a functional nation.

    There is no possibility of attaining that under the present military hierarchy structured non-existing One Nigeria Unity Enclave. It has permanently eluded the Enclave for the past years of its experiment and there is no sign of ever attaining that even with prayers from whomever.


    • GEJ was made the VP to satisfy what region???

  • Olu from South Africa

    Ìwo yi ni owuró. Na now the day break? Happy new year GEJ provided EFCC no dey on your case.

    • Otile

      Oko iyaloja Owo, how market?

      • Olu from South Africa

        Happy New Year Otile, òkó ìyawo. May you see the truth and say the truth without fear or favour and the truth set you free this year.

    • Grit Harrison

      Who lead the EFCC team,is it the corrupt Magu that have been rejected by the senate and house of Rep. Wake up,we are in 2017,We need brains to deliver us from recession not all that story of 2016:we have found this and found that,EFCC freeze this and Freeze that,where that that lead us to:RECESSION!

      • Powerlessconscious

        What has magu stolen?

  • Taiwo

    Jonathan is first in several respect. He was the first President from a minority group. He was the first President with university education. But what did he achieve?

    • Rommel

      So Umaru Yar’adua had what education,primary school?

    • kirta

      Taiwo General Gowon is from so call minority for the period of nine years as Head of State a point of correction

      • Taiwo

        To very young Nigerians, Gowon is from a minority group. But he actually was not. At that time north was a single block, unified by the Hausa lingua franca and they enjoyed all the benefits of ruling Nigeria perpetually. I agree that the story is different today.

    • Otile

      Musa Yar’Adua was the first President with university education but he achieved nothing, rather his wife and her concubines stole us silly.

  • Your presidency benefit what tribe the most?

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    Lol. with black people? Not in Gods lifetime.

  • Dodondawa

    A weak president and Ogogoro man.

  • Rommel

    The only useful thing that Jonathan Goodluck can do for Nigeria now is to tell us what happened to the money made during the highest oil boom in history of OPEC when he was president of Nigeria,that is all

    • Otile

      Are you referring to the $2.8billion PTF Fund Buhari stole when he was the head of that crooked agency?

      • Rommel

        In case you did not know,president Jonathan and Dasuki had that allegation thoroughly investigated when they were looking to tarnish PMB’s ‘Mr Clean’ reputation before election and found no truth in it so you can shove it down your ….

  • Muhammad

    A well informed wish for all of us .
    Better late than never .
    The next step will be to reduce or expound this into ONE , TWO or THREE specific policies and actions that can be executed without reference to anyone or body and pass it to the incumbent President as a New Year present . It will then be a challenge to attend to .
    Some of us will want to see those who have been there and now see clearer , lead the way to building Nigeria because they have easy access to the priest in the shrine .
    Our spitting blames and insults neither helps them nor us .
    If we can get them to do better for us , that will be for the good of all of us .

  • wazobia ninja!!!!!!

    typical naija ninja …….. they get the ideal ideas once they leave the corridors of power and are able to directly do nothing …….. they start telling others how it should be done ….obj 2.0 …… the crap …………

  • AryLoyds

    Gej ride on jare, Buhari has nothing on you 🙂