President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in Abuja urged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to ensure that it used its newly inaugurated Jubilee Resort and Leadership Centre to train future Nigerian leaders with strong moral and fiscal discipline.
The President, who stated this during the formal inauguration of complex built at a cost of Bout N300 million, observed that leadership was the greatest asset of any society, starting from the family to business, the church and to the national level.
Jonathan said that he was happy to be part of the foundation-laying and inauguration of the project and urged Nigerians to be focused in whatever tasks they were given for the benefit of others.
He said: “I believe this centre will be used to model and mould leaders, especially those Christians, who are aspiring to be leaders at all levels in the church, in business, in the educational institutions, and of course in the political setting.
“I believe this centre will be used to help us to re-orientate us, to refocus those of us that – by the will of God and commitment of Nigerians – are holding various elective and appointive offices.
“These are offices that we should use to help the society, not to help ourselves; and I believe this centre will help us to achieve that.’’
The president also applauded the CAN executive and the building committee for their prudence in managing the resources donated for the construction of the edifice and expressed gratitude to those, who made contributions toward the project.
He, therefore, urged the association to make judicious use of the edifice so that the little income it would generate could be used to maintain it and the National Ecumenical Centre.
Jonathan praised Christians for their unity of purpose in building the edifice and prayed that such unity should be extended to national affairs and governance.
“To all Nigerians out there, I urge you to imbibe the spirit of unity and continue to work together for the good of the nation and nothing can stop us from building a Nigeria of our dream,’’ he said.
Earlier in his speech, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, CAN President, said the building was built with funds donated by Christians and non-Christians.
Oritsejafor disclosed that most of the project’s contractual work was done by professionals free of charge.