Jonathan meets youths, promises to ride made-in-Nigeria cars soon
President eulogises Adeboye at 73
TO demonstrate confidence in the growth of Nigeria’s automobile industry, President Goodluck Jonathan, in Lagos Sunday, said he would soon be driving ‘Made in Nigeria Cars’ and have his administration subscribe to it as part of ythe presidential and official convoy.
The event was the’ Meet The President’ programme hosted by a group called the Participate, Vote For Your Choice Candidate (PVC) at the Eko Hotel and Suites.
The President promised, among others, to engage more youths in his next administration if elected, making reference to the likes of General Yakubu Gowon, who became Head of State at the age of 33, and former Governor of Old Rivers State, Diette Spiff, who was governor of the state in his late twenties.
The President also explained that his visits to Baga, Mubi and other Northeastern states few days ago were not as a result of the imminent elections but because it was time to visit, noting also that, as the Commander In Chief, he relies on intelligence reports to make such moves.
The mamoth crowd made up of youths were ecstatic at the privilege of meeting with the president and asking him questions in a relaxed and unrestricted atmosphere.
Jonathan assured the youths that he would from time to time engage them on regular discussions that will enable him feel their pulse even after his re-election. Different speakers at the event took turns to commend the president, assuring him of support for his reelection.
First to speak was the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. He admits that change is required but the change should be moving forward and not backward.
His words: President Jonathan has done so much for this nation. Has touched every facet of human endeavours. He has transformed the health sector, agriculture sector, built many universities and has empowered the youths.
Obanikoro, who was cheered endlessly by the crowd, assured Nigerians that a vote for Jonathan would change their lives again for the best.
Also in attendance were Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Supervising Minister of Information, Chief Eden Duke, Kingsley Kuku, Chief Peter Obi, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, among others.
Meanwhile Jonathan yesterday felicitated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye as he turns 73 today.
Paying glowing tribute to the productive spiritual leadership, of Pastor Adeboye, which he said continues to provide for members of his church and Christians in Nigeria, President Jonathan prayed for his continued spiritual growth
In a congratulatory letter, Jonathan also expressed his profound appreciation of the prayerful support, which Pastor Adeboye gives to the present administration.
“It gives me great pleasure to felicitate with you on the occasion of your 73rd birthday. Our administration and the Nigerian nation owe you a debt of gratitude for your prayerful support and the productive spiritual leadership you continue to provide, not just for the millions that constitute the membership of the RCCG across the world, but also for the entire body of Christ in Nigeria.
“On a personal level, I have left every meeting with you greatly strengthened and deeply inspired by your steadfast faith and commitment to the peace, stability, growth and development of our dear nation.
“I pray that Almighty God continues to imbue you with robust health and enduring fulfillment in the many more years of worthy service ahead of you,” President Jonathan wrote.
He wished Adeboye very happy birthday celebrations.