I AM THE LUCKIEST NIGERIAN…From Being A Deputy Governor To Governor and Later Vice President To President - President Jonathan

President Jonathan presented an Easter greeting card by FCT Minister Sen. Bala Mohammed, ES NCPC Kennedy Opara & Minister of State Mrs. Jumoke Akinjide at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Taking into cognisance his political rise from being a deputy governor to governor and later vice president to president, President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday [April 5] said providence had smiled on him as he remained the luckiest Nigerian.
Jonathan disclosed this when he received a delegation of Christians who paid him an Easter homage at the presidential villa. According to him, in the last 16 years, he had always been in government houses and fed with public funds.
"I am one of the luckiest Nigerians.  For 16 years, I have been taken care by government. I think it is enough and I thank God for that. I continue to thank Nigerians for the opportunity. Today, I must say Iam grateful to this country," he said. He thanked the delegation for the homage paid to him, saying Easter was a period to reflect on the essence of "our belief. Because we believe without the resurrection there would not have been Christianity.
"Whenever we talk about this period, the key lesson there is sacrifice. Somebody sacrificed for our own salvation. "So as a people, as a government what I always believe we should ask what sacrifice are you making. Now is not about supporting Jonathan or government, now Buhari is coming on board, it's not about supporting Burhari or government but what sacrifice as individuals are you willing to make for government and for the nation.
If you are a businessman and you say you are supporting government but you don't pay tax how do you expect that government to survive? That government will not survive.
"While in Bayelsa State as a deputy governor, people used to come to me to say I'm loyal. Don't tell me you are loyal; tell me I'm patriotic to the country and that you believe in Bayelsa State. To me whenever I travel to different countries and see things work, those things didn't fall down as manner; people made sacrifice, therefore in Nigeria people must also be ready to make the required sacrifice." 

Lifting Hands! President Jonathan during the Easter Sunday Church Service at the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja
President Jonathan interacts with children during Easter day Church Service at Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja. 

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