Jonathan to clerics, monarchs: tackle Boko Haram

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By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja 13 hours 29 minutes ago
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Promises to curb corruption, eliminate waste, others

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday urged religious leaders and traditional rulers to assist him in ridding the nation of the Boko Haram insurgency. 
The President hailed  them for enhancing national unity and promoting peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
He assured that his actions are motivated by the desire to improve the lives of Nigerians. 
A statement on his social network page, Facebook, to mark the birth of the Prophet Mohammed (SAW), said the President vowed to continue the fight against corruption, eliminate waste in government and redirect national resources to indentified priority areas.
Dr Jonathan urged Nigerians to remain prayerful, assuring that his administration is committed to the successful implementation of the national transformation agenda. 
The statement reads: “I greet you all, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters, as we commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
“As we celebrate the anniversary of the Prophet’s birth, I urge all Nigerians to collectively reflect on the virtues and ideals which he exemplified and taught. The proper internalisation of these virtues and ideals will undoubtedly benefit our nation immensely as we confront current security and developmental challenges.
“I sincerely believe that we will make much faster progress towards the realisation of our shared vision of a strong, united and prosperous nation, if more of our people imbibe the Prophet’s lessons of peace, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty, selflessness, sincerity, justice, equity and fairness to all.
“My administration greatly appreciates the untiring effort being made by our religious and traditional rulers to foster national unity and promote the peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians in the face of current challenges and I urge them to do more in this regard.
“We shall continue to do all that we can in the coming months to curb corruption, eliminate waste and redirect national resources to indentified high priority areas, such as public infrastructure, power supply, transportation, agricultural development, education and other sectors that will have a direct and positive impact on wealth creation and employment generation.
“I thank you all for your continuing support and understanding in spite of being called upon to make additional sacrifices for national development recently. Remain assured that all my actions as President are motivated by a burning desire to significantly improve the lives of the people of this country within the tenure of my administration.
“With your support and God’s guidance, I will succeed. May God Almighty continue to bless, guide and protect our dear country.”

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