Goodluck Jonathan celebrates Nigeria's unity despite challenges in New Year message

Goodluck Jonathan celebrates Nigeria's unity despite challenges in New Year message

- Ex-president Jonathan says 2019 was a tough year but it is enough joy that the country remains undivided

- The former Nigerian leader says Nigerians should take the opportunity of the new year to promote peace, justice and love

- Jonathan, former commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, also hailed soldiers who fight hard to keep the country safe and undivided

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has released a New Year message of unity and hope for Nigeria in celebration of the end of another decade on earth.

In his message posted across his social media pages on Wednesday, January 1, the former Nigerian leader noted that it is a great joy that the country has survived many challenges that could have divided it.

He admitted that the past year was full of challenges but he charged Nigerians to take the initiative in the new year to do things in a better way.

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Goodluck Jonathan celebrates Nigeria's unity despite challenges in New Year message
Goodluck Jonathan says it is worth it to celebrate Nigeria's unity despite challenges the country faced in 2019.
Source: UGC

He also saluted the gallant men of the Nigerian Army, who put their lives on the line daily to ensure that the rest of the country slept in peace. He urged Nigerians to show appreciation towards these brave men for their sacrifices.

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He urged Nigerians to give peace a chance in 2020 and they would see that the country would be the better for it.

Full statement

I celebrate with you all for the blessing of a New Year. It is a thing of joy for us as a nation that we have survived until this time as one indivisible entity despite our many national challenges.

As citizens of a great nation, we must never be weary of working together towards building peace and entrenching justice in all spheres of our society.

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The Year 2020 comes with fresh opportunities, and new rays of hope, for us as a nation and as individuals. No matter how bitter and tragic our experiences and stories were last year, let’s live and act in faith to God and be resolute in our love for our country Nigeria.

As we celebrate this New Year, let us show gratitude to the gallant officers who have remained committed to maintaining peace and defending our land. I pay special tribute to all those who lost their lives last year in the line of duty.

This Year, let’s prioritise the imperative of promoting peace, justice and love. This way, Nigeria can become a fortress of hope where citizens flourish in joy and liberty.

Happy New Year

Meanwhile, incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, on January 1, 2020, promised that he would not stay an extra day after his second term tenure officially ends on May 29, 2023.

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The president said this in a nation-wide broadcast to the nation through a speech that was obtained by

The president also used the opportunity to mention some of the achievements of his administration so far just as he led the citizens into the government's plans in the new year and beyond. ( -> upgrades to serve you better

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