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Gowon swapped gun for Bible to keep Nigeria one – Jonathan

FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan says a former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, dropped a gun for the Bible to keep Nigeria united.

The ex-President called on Nigerians to emulate Gowon and a former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, who he described as patriots making untiring efforts towards the good of the country.

According to Jonathan, after exiting public office, Gowon and Jang have continued to work towards Nigeria’s unity and are leaving enduring legacies for Nigerians.

Jonathan spoke yesterday in Jos during the official dedication of the 10 Commandments Prayer Altar built by Jang at Doi, Jos South LGA, Plateau State.

The ex-President was the chairman on the occasion.

Jonathan said, “Gen. Gowon used the gun as military Head of State to fight and keep Nigeria united and later dropped the gun and picked a great and mighty weapon, which is the Bible, to bring Nigeria together through the Nigeria Praise and Jang is doing the same thing in a very special way.

“Jonah Jang is really following the footsteps of General Gowon; he was a firm soldier who used the gun to keep Nigeria together having served as military governor, civilian governor and has been in the Senate now, using the Bible to as weapon for the unity of Nigeria.”

Jonathan thanked Jang for his vision, dreams and foresight in building ‘10 Commandments Prayer Altar’ and challenged Nigerians to ask themselves what they would be remembered for when they are no more.

He added, “I want to thank the former governor for his vision of building this facility, this is very significant. As Christians, we pray anywhere but sometimes we need a convenient place to commune with God. This is just like going to the mountain to pray. This facility is for all Christians who need to use it for prayers. As a former governor, he has done many things but this is the most important thing.

“It is a lesson for us all, not everyone can mobilise resources to build this but in our little way, we can build prayer altars in different forms. This has taught us a big lesson and I ask myself, what will I do that people will remember me for?”

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