I will not be distracted by 2015 intrigues – Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that his administration would not be distracted from prosecuting its developmental programmes to logical conclusion despite the political intrigues that are heralding the 2015 general elections.

The president also promised to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission and other key stakeholders in order to make proper preparations for the elections based on his belief that credible elections are germane to democracy.

In his Eid-el-Maulud message made available in Abuja on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan said that his administration will not be distracted from working diligently to bring all of its priority developmental programmes and projects to a successful conclusion.

“Against the background of the increasing tempo of political activities in the country, as individuals, groups and parties jostle for vantage positions in the countdown to next year’s general elections, President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that his administration will not be distracted from working diligently to bring all of its priority developmental programmes and projects to a successful conclusion.

“The President also assures the nation that his administration will continue to act on its belief that only free, fair and credible elections can make democracy in Nigeria truly meaningful and useful as a vehicle for development and progress by working with the Independent National Electoral Commission and all stakeholders to make the best possible preparations for the next elections.

“President Jonathan will continue to count on the support and prayers of patriotic Nigerians for the success of his administration’s efforts to move the nation faster along the path to greater peace, unity, progress and prosperity.

“The President believes that a greater internalization of the virtues of honesty, selflessness, charity, tolerance, good neighbourliness, justice, equity and fairness which the Prophet preached and exemplified will be of immense benefit to the nation in this regard,” Abati said.

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