President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said those behind violence in the country were planning to bring down his government. Jonathan, at the 2014 Democracy Day Interdenominational Church Service with the theme “Love The Lord…and your Neighbour” in Abuja, described Boko Haram as evil forces.
During the service, Jonathan touched on several national issues and said despite the security challenges, Nigeria would continue to move forward. He said:
“You can imagine if this government had not been facing these distractions within this period, definitely, we would have moved farther than this. All these distractions are planned to bring this government down and since they failed, terror will also fail.
“We have been witnessing terror attacks for two years plus, but the Chibok incident has added a major dent on the security of the country. There is nothing God cannot do. With your prayers, our girls will be seen by our security personnel.
“Terror will not stop this country from progressing. We know that these terrorists are human and they are evil men. Definitely, they are among those we categorise as evil forces. Forces of evil will never prevail. Forces of darkness will never prevail.
“I call on all Nigerians, Christians and non-Christians who pray, to continue to pray and I believe that God is on our side. Forces of evil and darkness will never prevail.”
Jonathan admitted that April 14 abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State was a major dent on the nation’s security. The President also assured Nigerians that despite the security challenges, elections would hold in 2015 as scheduled.
He explained that one of the beauties of democracy which the nation has been practising for 15 years was that every public office holder knows the terminal date of his administration. Jonathan said despite the problems associated with democracy, it remained the best form of government.
He said, “After today, the next Democracy Day will witness a new government.”