Jonathan: Time of Lamentation is Over

THISDAY Newspaper-Ahamefula Ogbu

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as the newly elected president of Nigeria Sunday and he immediately issued a clarion call, asking Nigerians to believe in a “new Nigeria” because “the time of lamentation is over”.
In his address at the impressive ceremony held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, witnessed by 38 presidents from across the world, Jonathan asked his country men and women to give Nigeria “another chance”.

He said: “Dear Nigerians, the time for lamentation is over. This is the era of transformation. This is the time for action. But Nigeria can only be transformed if we all play our parts with commitment and sincerity. Cynicism and scepticism will not help our journey to greatness. We all need to give Nigeria another chance.”
Jonathan said the future of the country is “so bright”, adding: “Let us believe in a new Nigeria. Let us work together for the making of a great country that we all would be proud of.”

In the address entitled “Transformation is Now”, he praised the Nigerian spirit as demonstrated during the presidential election last month when Nigerians trooped out to vote despite the odds that were stacked against them
“Such stories of courage and patriotism were repeated in other ways, including a physically challenged voter who was brought into the polling station in a wheelbarrow, as well as that of a man, aged 103 years, who forsook indifference and physical constraints, to cast his vote.”

Jonathan paid tribute to the memory of a man who died while rejoicing over his victory in the presidential poll.
“Only a couple of days ago, I received an entry on my Facebook page; it was sent by Mr. Babajide Orevba. He said he wrote to inform me that I had lost a great fan. That fan was his dad, Mr. Emmanuel Bamidele Orevba. The deceased, the son told me, was no politician; but he had campaigned enthusiastically for my ticket. Overwhelmed by the joy of our victory, he collapsed and passed on three days later. I pray God Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest; and to add that his sacrifice will not be in vain,” he said, while also offering prayers and condolences in respect of those who lost their lives, or property, in the disturbances in some parts of the country following the presidential elections.

He said despite the disturbances, “we are gratified by the widespread domestic and international acclaim for the credibility of the entire elections. Clearly, the post-election violence which erupted in a few parts of the country was not in the spirit of democracy. Our democracy demands that our nation shall be governed by laws and those who take the law into their own hands should not go scot-free, lest society be gripped by a rule of the mob.”
He said the transformation he has pledged would be achieved “in all the critical sectors by harnessing the creative energies of our people. We must grow the economy, create jobs, and generate happiness for our people. I have great confidence in the ability of Nigerians to transform this country. The urgent task of my administration is to provide the suitable environment for productive activities to flourish. I call on the good people of Nigeria to enlist as agents of this great transformation.”

He said Nigeria is no more just a land of promise, “henceforth it shall be a nation where positive changes will continue to take place for the good of the people. The welfare and security of the good people of this country shall be purpose in governance in the next four years. From this our hour, Nigerians have cause to expect action from this government”.
Jonathan and Vice-President Namadi Mohammed Sambo were sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu.

Among the presidents and heads of state who attended the inauguration are: Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa, José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, Paul Biya of Cameroon, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville, François Bozizé of Central African Republic, Alasane Quattera of Cote d’Ivoire, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Other leaders are Royal Prince of Saudi Arabia, Al- Waleed Al Saud, Minister of State of the Royal Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Mohammed El- Yaghi, President of Zambia Mr. Rupia Banda, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, Idris Deby of Chad, Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia, John Attah-Mills of Ghana, Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his wife, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic, and Mwai Kibaki of Ken


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