President Jonathan was speaking at the Basilica of Grace, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Apo Abuja, at the beginning of Lent, the 40-day fasting and prayer by Christendom. According to the president, “I want to thank all Nigerians for praying steadfastly for the nation. Indeed, your prayers continue to help us in our efforts to make this nation a better place, and I urge you to continue.”
The President, accompanied by his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan and his mother, Madam Eunice Jonathan, said Lent was important because it helped Christians to reflect on their lives and seek God through active sacrifice of fasting and prayers.
The Primate of the Anglican Church, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, had earlier said every Christian should take Lent seriously, because of the virtues of humility, sacrifice and love for others which the exercise teaches.