President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Thursday enjoined Nigerians to shun corruption and work hard to build the country.
Jonathan made the call at the 3rd National Prayer Breakfast organised by members of the National Assembly.
The theme for this year is: “Sacrifice with Righteousness, a Necessary Ingredient for National Transformation.
Represented by Mr Caleb Olubolade, the Minister of Police Affairs, Jonathan urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in prayers.
The president noted that insecurity was one of the greatest challenges confronting Nigeria as a country currently.
Mr Labaran Maku, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, in his remark, said that Nigeria had all it takes to develop as a nation, saying that the present challenges would be a blessing at the end.
Maku noted that if Nigerians keyed into the transformation agenda of Jonathan, the country would develop as a nation.
In his keynote address, Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, the Director-General, Institute for National Transformation, stressed the need to put in place quality leadership for the development of the country.
He identified the provision of basic infrastructure as a basis for sustainable development.
“We must create an environment where every Nigerian will be allowed to give his best,” he said.
Anigbogu decried the deplorable state of the country’s education system after 52 years of independence.
According to him, all hands must be on deck to build a virile nation devoid of poverty and insecurity.
In his remark, Sen. Uche Chukwumerije, the President, National Prayer Breakfast, said that the occasion afforded them the opportunity to pray for the country.
He said that the prayer was to seek divine grace, solution and intervention in solving intractable national challenges.
Gen. Yakubu Gowon, a former head of state, Mrs Sarah Ochepke, the Minister of Water Resources, lawmakers and clergymen attended the prayers session.
The prayer breakfast started in 2010 and was aimed at creating an environment of dialogue and lasting relationships.