wpid-nigeria-bombing.jpgPresident Goodluck Jonathan?has declared that terrorists will not stop Nigeria from moving forward, but that it will continue to go from strength to strength.

The President also reassured Nigerians and the international community that the country would soon get over it.

He was speaking at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) unity rally which was held at Polo ground in Kano, to receive a former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shekarau into the ruling party.

The President expressed condolences to the families of victims of the early Monday bomb blast at a motor park at Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, which claimed no fewer than 71 lives with over 124 people injured.

Obviously referring to his decision to still attend the already scheduled event to receive the former governor, the President the main plan of the terrorists is to halt governance, adding that they have failed as his administration would not succumb to terror.

“Let me emphasise that terror will not stop Nigeria from moving.
?The terrorists and those sponsoring them will not stop this country from moving.
“This country will continue to move from strength to strength.
“We will continue to do our best to make sure we live peacefully in this country,” he said.

The President described Shekarau as a good man and a man of the people, and urged party members to continue to support, project and follow him.

According to him “Shekarau is a man of the people, a man Kano people should follow, a true Nigerian. I thank Shekarau for joining the PDP today and he is fully welcome”.

An elated Shekarau, who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) described the unity rally to welcome him to PDP as “an occasion for democracy and an occasion for choice”.

He further told the President that the return of key former members of defunct ANPP and later APC was to show solidarity and loyalty to his government, promising to continue to be loyal to the party and his administration.

“Mr President, I wish to pledge my commitment and that of other members who made the choice to join the PPD with me, Shekarau said”.

The former governor used the opportunity to thank the President for the various federal projects that have been completed and are currently ongoing in Kano state.

Shekarau who promised to continue to re-dedicate his life to the service of the people, ?called on the President to do more for the people of Kano state by way of empowerment, especially by boosting agriculture.

Other speakers at the rally- PDP national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu; Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Senate President David Mark; Governors Godswil Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, all expressed solidarity with the President.

They urged party members and Nigerians to continue to support him in the fight against terrorism so that the terrorists could be defeated.

The rally was attended by party chieftains, ministers and other top government functionaries.


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