President Goodluck Jonathan has said he isn’t surprised that his friends and associates had deserted him after losing his re-election bid. He also noted that the congregation numbers at the Aso Villa Chapel has dwindled. The president stated this at the 5th presidential prayer breakfast which held yesterday at the Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
In his words, Jonathan said, “Today (yesterday), I expected a very low turn-out because in most cases, when a government is going, people reduce. You will notice that even the Aso Villa Chapel, the number of people that will be coming become less and less. But when I came in, I noticed that this whole hall is filled up. So, I’ve to sincerely thank all of you. We’re all here because we believe in the power of prayers in nation building. The essence of the presidential prayer breakfast is to call on all Nigerians to come together and pray.
“For us to build Nigeria, we need these prayers. This should be captioned presidential breakfast prayer comprising all aspects of prayers for us to rebuild our nation.
Yes we have challenges as a nation, but every other nation passes through challenges.
I remember in 2009 when I visited the Nordic countries, they told me they were celebrating 200 years of peace that has enabled them to develop. Nigeria was 49 years old as an independent nation in 2009?, he told the gathering comprising former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and former Head of the Interim National Government Chief Ernest Shonekan.”