Written by Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja
Jonathan stated this when he was conferred with the “2015 Epitome of Peace Award in Nigerian Polity and Politics” by the Federal Capital Territory Field Superintendent of the Apostolic Church of Nigeria, Apostle John Akai Buzu, at the State House, Abuja.
The President said there are many Nigerians who have contributed immensely to peace in the country and have not been honoured.
He said: “You have noticed me with my little contribution, not just because I am the President of the country but because of an action I took that you believe saved lives and you are honouring me.
“To whom much is given, much is expected. For you to honour me today, you have given me another mandate to work harder to ensure that we as Nigerians continue to live in peace.
“One thing I have decided I will do after leaving office is to talk to faithful of all religions – Christians, Muslims and other religions, on the need for Nigerians to live in peace.
“This is because when there is crisis in any part of the country, nobody can practice his own religion. If there is crisis anywhere, people cannot go to the mosque nor can they go to the church.
“We need peace in this country, no matter our religious persuasion or belief. That will be one of my main commitments when I leave office – to reduce discrimination in this country based on religious divides or ethnicity.
“I believe I will have so many apostles that will follow me to do that.”
Buzu said the award was in recognition of Jonathan’s outstanding leadership qualities, great strides, impactful contributions and laudable achievements as President of Nigeria.
Jonathan, he said, has distinguished himself as a selfless servant leader with a large heart and a great sense of commitment towards the wellbeing, development, unity and progress of the nation.
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