President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians must make individual sacrifices in order for the incoming administration of President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to succeed.
The President stated this while receiving members of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Christian community who paid him Easter homage as part of activities marking the celebration of Easter on Sunday.
Jonathan said: “As a people, as a government, we should ask what sacrifice we are making. Now is not about supporting Jonathan or government.
“Now Buhari is coming on board; it is not about supporting Buhari or government, but what sacrifice as individuals we are willing to make for government and for the nation.
“If you are a businessman and you say you are supporting government, but you do not pay tax, how do you expect that government to survive?”
Jonathan noted that in the ECOWAS sub-region, Nigeria had the lowest Value Added Tax (VAT) of five per cent, whereas some countries charged up to 12 per cent VAT.
The president said that nation-building depended on two key elements; the sacrifice of individuals and the patriotism of the citizens.
He also noted that the development attained in advanced countries did not come from the blues, but through individual sacrifices.
Responding, Rev. Israel Akanji, the FCT chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, who led the delegation, prayed for continuous peace and progress in Nigeria.