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2015: Jonathan, Buhari woo Nigerians at ‘Xmas. Politics has found some space in this season of goodwill, with leading actors promising better days and credible polls. President Goodluck Jonathan’s Christmas message released yesterday dwelt on the need for free and fair elections – exactly what his opponents are demanding. All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the February election Gen. Muhammadu Buhari promised Nigerians a better Christmas next year, saying he would tackle insecurity and revive the economy.


President Jonathan said he would support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver free, fair and credible elections next year.
Besides, he said, the security agencies will be backed to ensure peaceful and violence-free election towards strenghtening democracy.
He said: “Dear compatriots, we are also celebrating this Christmas against the background of preparations for next year’s general elections. I seize this opportunity to reassure the nation that my administration will give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) all necessary support to ensure that it delivers very free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in 2015.”
“National security agencies will also be given all necessary support to enhance their ability to ensure that the elections which should strengthen democracy in our country are peaceful and violence free.” he said
He urged the political class to be law- abiding and place the greater interests of Nigeria above all personal or sectional interests in the countdown to the elections.
“Let us all be more statesman-like, conduct issues-based campaigns, and eschew the promotion of falsehood, division and hatred of others as we seek the votes of our countrymen in what should be a peaceful competition among contending points of view for the progress and development of our dear nation.”
“I remain convinced that God Almighty is still  with us as a nation, even in the midst of our current challenges, which we shall surely overcome with greater unity of purpose, dedication, commitment and perseverance,” he added
The President told Christians and non-Christians to reflect more deeply on the virtues and ideals which the Messiah, Jesus Christ, espoused during his earthly mission.
This, he said, will go a long way to assist the nation to overcome most of its challenges.
He said: “To my mind, there can be no doubt that the greater internalisation of the virtues of love for our fellowmen, tolerance, Godliness, honesty, fairness to others, selflessness, and peaceful co-existence with others, by all adult Nigerians, and the inculcation of the same in our youth,  will definitely help our dear nation to overcome most of its present challenges.”
“Peace and love for others, especially, were a constant refrain in the Messiah’s teachings and admonitions to mankind. Therefore, as we celebrate his birth, I urge all Nigerians to offer special prayers for a greater manifestation of divine peace in our country and the vanquishing of all demons of hatred, divisiveness and disunity in our midst,” Jonathan said

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