By Muyiwa Bamidele
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said the amalgamation of Nigeria was an act of God and not a mistake.
The President said this at the Apostolic Faith Church, in Abuja, explained that Nigeria has its own fair share of challenges with the major problem being absence of love and unity among citizens.
He also stated that his administration was doing all it could to ensure that future generations meet a more united Nigeria without the ethnic challenges.
“As a nation, we have our challenges, no doubt about that and anytime I look at the history of Nigeria and the challenges we face and when I read parts of the old testament about when the Israelites decided to move out of Egypt to the Promised Land, we have something quite similar.
“As you are getting closer, you meet more obstacles and thank God for the sermon we heard and of course the songs showed that the greatest problem we have is love and unity. Yes, Nigeria was amalgamated by our colonial masters in 1914″.
President Jonathan said by 1st January next year, Nigeria as a state will be 100 years old. But I totally agree with our man of God that it was not by chance, it was ordained by God. If God didn’t will it at that point, the north and south would not have come together.
“The details of the north and south coming together makes Nigeria a very great country. I use to say that Nigeria is great not because of oil, we have countries that produce more oil than Nigeria but nobody talks about them,” the president said.
“We have countries that have multi billion dollars in reserve because of their wealth and nobody talks about them. But the biggest to the smallest country talks about Nigeria. Why? Because of the diversity from the north to the south, the human and natural resources, the potentials and the population that we have.
“So, Nigeria is a country that has a special blessing from God. It is left for us to appreciate God and continue to pray for God’s intervention and this country will continue to be great.
“I promise our children that we are totally committed to make sure that they meet a different Nigeria”.