I was not the best candidate in 2011, says Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan said on Saturday in Abuja that himself, the Vice President, and all state governors were not the best candidates during the 2011 general election.

The president claimed that God selected them as leaders  even when they were not the best materials available.

“By God’s grace, this government will not fail. I know Nigeria will change, I always make my supplications to God that in selecting me as the President of this country, the Vice President, the Governors, members of the National Assembly, the Ministers, we are not the best material, but God knows why he choose us and we pray he should use us to change this country,”. He said.

The president was speaking at the Second Presidential National Prayer Breakfast held at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.

Mr. Jonathan said he is fully aware of the enormous responsibilities placed on his shoulders especially at a time the country is facing serious security challenges.  He however said that he relies on God to see him through.

“I am aware that the task of national transformation is a daunting one, I am however more aware that there is nothing that God cannot do. With Him on our side I am confident every stumbling block on our way shall become a stepping stone into national rebirth. I assure you that I will strive at all times for the greatest good of the greatest number guided always by the fear of God,” the president said.

Mr. Jonathan said only the fear of God and rededication to the realisation of the ‘grand vision of one big strong multi ethnic, multi cultural, diverse but united nation’ could see the nation’s leaders through the challenges posed at these times.

“With unwavering faith in God and renewed recommitment to the national cause by us all, I am confident that Nigeria will emerge from these trying times a stronger, more united, more stable and more prosperous nation,” he added.

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor, delivered the sermon, titled “The Power of the Alter”.

The occasion was attended by the former Head of state, Yakubu Gowon; Head of the Interim  National Government, Ernest Shonekan; the Vice President of Kenya, Kalonzo Musyoka; the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha; and Governors Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Peter Obi of Anambra and Adams Oshiomhole of Edo.

Also in attendance were some ministers and other presidential aides.

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