President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday that he would henceforth worship outside the Aso Rock Villa Chapel every last Sunday of the month, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The President announced the decision at the headquarters of Dunamis Gospel Church, Garki, Abuja, where he attended a Sunday service.
He said he decided to be going from one church to another every last Sunday of the month to show appreciation to Christians for their prayers.
Jonathan said, “Traditionally, we have the State House Chapel where I worship every Sunday. If we do not have the chapel, probably I would have been here one or two times before this time.
“It is only during the Christmas period, maybe two Sundays before Christmas and the Sunday before and after New Year that we sometimes close the chapel, and allow people to participate in their church services and that time I do go round.
“This year, we have decided that from now onward, until I leave the State House, every last Sunday of the month I will go to different churches.
“The reasons are very obvious, not because if I worship in the State House I am not worshiping God.
“Yes, that is the State House Chapel presided over by a chaplain and from time to time other men and women of God come to preach to us.
“But I feel that it is good for me to go round and continue to appreciate what our brothers and sisters have been doing.”
The President said Nigeria had been having its own share of negative occurrences but pointed out that the challenges of the country would have been more without prayers and spiritual support from Christians.
He said with the prayers and support from the Church, Nigeria would overcome its present challenges and achieve its potential.
“If you watch television, both local and foreign, we always have negative news as breaking news. We have our unfair share of those negative news but your prayers have been helping. If not for your prayers, it would have been worse,” he said.