President Goodluck Jonathan has said that no amount of violence can break Nigeria.
The president who spoke against the backdrop of the series of senseless attacks and killings carried out by members of Boko Haram sect, said in Abuja at the 53rd Independence Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service that the country will surmount its current challenges and defeat the dreaded Boko Haram sect members.
Similarly, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said more than 10,000 Nigerians, mainly drawn from the troubled Yobe and Borno states, are currently taking refuge in Cameroun.
“The killings going on in the country is the creation of the devil to slow down the pace of development of this nation. We will make sure we conduct free and fair election even though the forces of darkness don’t want that, they want to continue to impose themselves on us.
“The forces of evil may continue to push us backward but we will overcome our challenges. As we look forward to the Centenary celebration, there are questions whether Lord Lugard made a mistake by amalgamating the Northern and Southern Nigeria but we know that God does not make any mistake.
“If you were in my shoes, you may lack words, we had this programme in mind before we went to bed last night, we planned to come here today to thank God but around 12am, about 21 students were murdered in Yobe state by a group that described themselves as Boko Haram.
“If you are in my shoe, what courage will you have to stand here before Nigerians? What message will you give to the parents of the deceased? Will you say that the killing is political? These students are not members of any political party.
“Will you say it is ethnic cleansing? These students belong to different ethnic groups in Nigeria. Will you say the killing is religious? These students are they Christians or Muslims? These are the questions we are confronted with everyday but you will agree with me that we have hope.
“We have hope and by God’s grace will get to where we want to go as a nation. The challenges we are seeing now is transient. No Boko Haram or any group will frustrate this country. All these are happening to slow us down as a nation but Nigeria has reached the turning point where we must move and join the developed societies,” the president affirmed.
Similarly, Oritsejafor said that “Nigeria is in the hands of God, no one has power over this nation, God is in control. One of the things troubling this nation, are terrible demonic sacrifices that men have made human sacrifices and life cow sacrifices for wealth and political powers.
‚ÄúWhere we are today in Nigeria, God must fight the battle and God is fighting the battle. If we want God to fight the battle, we must come 100 per cent to the altar of God,‚Äù Oritsejafor said.
According to him, millions of Nigerians are importing generators, because, they are benefiting from it. ‚ÄúI think that this week, private people will take over Power Holdings Company of Nigeria (PHCN). I think that it is a good thing to have private companies take over power and improve on it. I hope this same cabal will not spoil everything, because they are the ones importing the generators so that they can make money, while other Nigerians suffer. They are without conscience.”