By SaharaReporters, New York
Speaking at the 2012 Democracy Day Church Service in Abuja, Mr. Jonathan also stated that, if not for the professionalism of the Nigerian Armed Forces, “anything will happen” in the country.
President admitted that Nigeria is riddled with challenges, but assured Nigerians “that Nigeria will never disintegrate.” He added, “Our forefathers worked hard to bring us together as a nation. When people begin to reckon with Nigeria it is not because of the oil we produce. Some of us get deceived. Those who read so much about oil and the global oil will think that we have oil, but if you divide our oil per head, what do we have?
Nothing. The volume of oil we produce can’t be compared to what we have in the Middle-East. But whenever you talk about Nigeria people reckon with us because of the potentials we have and the size of the country. We have very few countries that have the kind of geography we have – from the Atlantic sea through the mangrove swamps, through the rain forest through the savannah, into the semi-desert areas.”
The president also spoke about the enchanting landscapes of Adamawa and Cross River states.
Mr. Jonathan vowed that Nigeria would survive the selfish interests of individuals and groups.