President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday marked five years as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
If we recall, Mr. Jonathan was on May 6, 2010, inaugurated as the President by the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, following the death on May 5, 2010 of President Umaru Yar’Adua, who he served for three years as Vice President before his death.
In the same vein, the Federal Executive Council offered Special Prayers to mark the 5th anniversary of the President since taking over the leadership of Nigeria as substantive president.
The event which took most members of the council by surprise as most of them did not remember the date saw the Minister of Labour, Chinedu Nebo an ordained minister in the Anglican Communion and the Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda offering christian and muslim prayers respectively.
Jonathan, who took council members by surprise when he arrived the Council Chambers announced that a member was celebrating his birthday.
When members could not identify the person celebrating, the President came to their aid, saying it was the anniversary of his Presidency. They all clapped to the admiration of Jonathan.
“Today, we will not say the national prayer. Somebody is celebrating birthday so we will offer special prayers for him. Two very Godly people will pray, Nebo and Yuguda. Do you know the person (celebrating)?” the President had asked.
“On May 6, exactly five years today, I was sworn-in as the substantive President,” the President said.