Nigeria's Jonathan calls for unity

2014-01-01 14:44
Goodluck Jonathan (AFP)

Goodluck Jonathan (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Abuja - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has called for greater national unity in 2014, urging compatriots to build on the work of their predecessors as the country marked its effective centenary.

The amalgamation of the separate protectorates of northern and southern Nigeria by the British former colonial rulers on 1 January 1914, was the birth of the nation, said the president.

"For us therefore, today (Wednesday) is not just the beginning of a new year but the end of a century of national existence and the beginning of another.

"It is a moment for sober reflection and for pride in all that is great about Nigeria," he added in his New Year message, copies of which were emailed to media organisations in advance.

Nigeria was given full independence in 1960 and has had a troubled time since, experiencing bitter civil war, harsh military rule and endemic graft that has characterised civilian government since 1999.


Africa's most populous nation and biggest oil producer is currently gripped by a bloody, four-year Islamist militant insurgency in its predominantly Muslim north, which has claimed thousands of lives.

The country of 170 million is widely tipped to become Africa's biggest economy in 2014 yet the majority are not experiencing the benefits of growth.

Jonathan, who is expected to seek re-election in 2015, acknowledged the country had faced "challenges" but always pulled through, hailing Nigeria's diversity as a source of strength, not division.

"The amalgamation of 1914 was certainly not a mistake but a blessing," he said, countering some critics who believe that the union was doomed to fail and is the root of the country's problems.

"As we celebrate 100 years of nationhood, we must resolve to continue to work together as one, united people, to make our country even greater," he added.

"I assure you that our administration remains fully committed to the progressive development of our country and the consolidation of peace, unity and democratic governance in our fatherland."

Read more on:    goodluck jonathan  |  nigeria  |  west africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.