all of our Christian compatriots in giving thanks to God Almighty for
the divine gift of Jesus Christ the Messiah whose earthly incarnation we
celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who the Prophet Isaiah heralded as
the Prince of Peace and Wonderful Counselor, I believe it is very
appropriate that we all, Christians and non-Christians alike, reflect
more deeply on the virtues and ideals which the Messiah espoused during
his earthly mission.
mind, there can be no doubt that the greater internalization of the
virtues of love for our fellowmen, tolerance, Godliness, honesty,
fairness to others, selflessness, and peaceful co-existence with others,
by all adult Nigerians, and the inculcation of the same in our youth,
will definitely help our dear nation to overcome most of its present
as we celebrate his birth, I urge all Nigerians to offer special
prayers for a greater manifestation of divine peace in our country and
the vanquishing of all demons of hatred, divisiveness and disunity in
celebrate Christmas, let us also remember and offer special prayers for
all of our countrymen, women and children who have suffered and continue
to suffer untold hardship, deprivation and death at the hands of
terrorists and insurgents.
also continue to pray for our gallant soldiers and security agents who
remain at the forefront of the national effort to overcome terrorism and
violent extremism, even as the rest of the nation celebrates Christmas
and the coming New Year.
season of goodwill, I urge all patriotic Nigerians to rededicate
themselves to doing all within their powers to support the brave men and
women of our armed forces in the ongoing war against terrorism, and
also support the Federal Government’s efforts to provide more succour to
the hapless victims of terrorist atrocities.
Victims’ Support Fund which we have established to raise additional
funds to assist our compatriots who have been adversely affected by
continuing insecurity in parts of our country remains active.
on all individuals and corporate organisations who have not yet done so,
to donate more generously to the Fund which is being efficaciously
deployed to ease the sufferings of victims of terrorist violence in the
Compatriots, we are also celebrating this Christmas against the
background of preparations for next year’s general elections.
this opportunity to reassure the nation that my administration will give
the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) all necessary
support to ensure that it delivers very free, fair, credible and
acceptable elections in 2015.
security agencies will also be given all necessary support to enhance
their ability to ensure that the elections which should strengthen
democracy in our country are peaceful and violence free.
our political class to be law- abiding and place the greater interests
of our nation above all personal or sectional interests in the countdown
to the elections.
all be more statesman-like, conduct issues-based campaigns, and eschew
the promotion of falsehood, division and hatred of others as we seek the
votes of our countrymen in what should be a peaceful competition among
contending points of view for the progress and development of our dear
convinced that God Almighty is still with us as a nation even in the
midst of our current challenges which we shall surely overcome with
greater unity of purpose, dedication, commitment and perseverance.
year’s celebration of the birth of Christ the Messiah rekindle,
strengthen and reaffirm our faith in our national ability to overcome
all challenges, with God on our side.