President Goodluck Jonathan, weekend, expressed the Federal Government’s readiness to end terrorism in the North-East of Nigeria.
The President stated this at the 2014 maiden edition of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) annual summit with the theme ‘Church and State Partnership in Providing Quality Education for the Nigerian People’.
Jonathan assured of government efforts to confront the challenge of insurgency in the country, while urging the gathering to pray for Nigeria to overcome her current problems.
“I urge you to continue to pray for our dear country to speedily overcome the current challenges we face, especially insurgency, terrorism and the heinous killing of innocent children in schools. I believe that with your devout prayers and the strategies we have put in place, we shall surely surmount these challenges,” the president said.
Speaking to the bishops, Jonathan lauded the activities of the conference.
“You have shown that indeed the purpose of the Congregation is better served from the pulpit, when the Church takes a keen interest in the practical lives of its members. Your vision of the church as a prophetic, committed and progressive organisation has strengthened the teaching of the doctrine and given more hope to your members,” he told the bishops.
“I find it encouragingand instructive that the theme of your conference, this year, is “Church and State Partnership in Providing Education for Nigerian People”. When the church partners with government, there can be no limits to our success, and this partnership in Education, can only drive our administration and the entire citizenry to further improve on the standards of our education,” Jonathan said.