Supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan in the Christendom, Abuja fought back tears on Sunday during a Thanksgiving Farewell Service organised in honour of the President’s family, as the Arch Bishop and Primate of Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh said the President deserves a glorious exit from power.
He said no one should agonise that the era of Jonathan’s presidency has come to an abrupt end, while Nigerians should rather be rejoicing with him on the basis that he will be stepping into a more fulfilling and glorious future.
The Farewell Service took place at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp Abuja drawing attendants from the Presidential Villa.
In his sermon during the service, Primate Okoh listed six reasons why President Jonathan should be thankful to God that his reign in government has come to an end.
He said the President should realise that he will be leaving the government in peace and not in crisis.
Okoh said God enabled Jonathan to become president over 170 million Nigerians not because he is the wisest, strongest, most educated and fitted, but because God’s favour and mercy have been his source of strength.
He said God prepared Jonathan for the leadership of Nigeria from the time he emerged as the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, then the Governor, the Vice-President, Acting President and eventually the President of Nigeria.
He said history has been fair to Jonathan such that the generation unborn will continue to read about his great exploits and the achievements he will be leaving behind as President.
Primate Okoh said Jonathan should not forget to be thankful to God because God is standing by him to leave the Presidential villa alive and not in crises as he asked the President to, henceforth, begin to learn how to dance like the Biblical king David in show of appreciation.
He said Jonathan should not relent in showing appreciation to God because God had commanded his faithful to always appreciate and thank him.
According to him, Jonathan should begin to look into the future to behold a new ground which according to him, God will launch him into.
He said, “God is sending you into the future with strength of character and hope. There is now a fresh opportunity for you to sit back and prepare to write your own history for posterity”.
Primate Okoh said if anything, the outgoing President will soon get a new office; “That of a Statesman because his relevance in the political affairs of Nigeria and the rest of the world is just starting”.
He said while Jonathan’s exit from power will serve as an avenue for him to connect with the international community, the President should also realist that he is no longer limited in scope as the President of Nigeria.
He said to Jonathan, “While I will say that henceforth Nigeria is your political party, I can now begin to say farewell into the future”
Present during the Special Farewell service are Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Of Staff, General Jones Arogbofa, Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, Minister of Water Resources, Easter Ochepe, minister Of Power, Chinedu Nebo, Acting Inspector General Of Police, Solomon Arase, Professor Jerry Gana, Senator Emmanuel paulker and a host of others.