By: Fred Yaw Sarpong (Daily Express)
President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the people of Republic of Nigeria to join hands together to build a better country.
?To the good people of Nigeria, let me restate that our task of building a better and greater country must not waver,? said the President.
President Jonathan made this call when he delivered a statement to mark the celebration of Nigeria?s 54th Independence Day Anniversary.
He stated that Nigeria continue to deploy its resources in the fight against the terrorists, which they do recognize the great toll the conflict is taking on the people of the country.
?This is why, to assist the afflicted, we have launched the Victims Support Fund, an independent multi-sectoral charity, which will aggressively solicit resources to augment Government?s statutory intervention, in bringing succour to the injured, the displaced and the bereaved,? he added.
President Jonathan mentioned that in partnership with Nigerian business leaders and international partners, they have also introduced the Safe Schools Initiative which is aimed at promoting safe environments for education nationwide, starting with the North East region.
?The Presidential Initiative for the North East, a comprehensive programme to fast-track the economic restoration of this region, which has been the epicentre of terrorist activity, has been set up,? he noted.
He said the overall objective is to do all they possibly can, to sustain in the North-East, the momentum of economic advancement, which is on-going in other parts of the country, despite the machinations of the terrorists and their sponsors.
?It should now be clear to anyone who was ever in doubt that these terrorists do not mean well for anyone, of whatever religion or dispensation. Their persistent choice of the weakest and most vulnerable in society, for gruesome attack, provides an insight into their abnormal mind-set,? he added.
?I urge every Nigerian to put aside political, sectional or other parochial considerations, and support whole-heartedly the efforts of the government and the military, in checking this evil,? the President pleaded.