Jonathan, at a Christmas Service held at the Cathedral Church of The Advent, Life Camp, Gwarinpa, Abuja, said experience had shown him that when rushing to take decisions, serious mistakes could be made.
Reading the second lesson of the service, the President said he would not because of the public perception that his administration was slow begin to rush decision-making process.
He however assured Nigerians that when issues that needed fast decisions arose, his administration would rise up to the occasion like it did during the recent flood disasters in many parts of the country.
Jonathan said, “Sometimes, people say this government is slow. Yes, by human thinking, we are slow, but I can say that we are not slow.
“Government must think things properly before it acts. When you don’t think through things properly, or when you rush, you will make mistakes.It is more difficult to correct errors. You can ask those who build houses.
“Government will not, because of the perception, begin to rush. But where we are required to act very fast, we will do so, just like we did during the recent flood disasters.”
He assured Nigerians that his administration would not retrace any of the steps taken towards “laying a solid foundation for the nation’s transformation.”
Jonathan said he would work hard to ensure that “the successes” so far recorded in the agricultural sector, transport and electoral process were sustained.
Speaking on his administration’s transformation agenda, the President said it was arrived at after a full day debate ahead of the declaration of his presidential ambition in 2010.
Jonathan, who said no nation could be properly transformed without reformed citizenry, stated that the church had a great role to play in making the transformation agenda a success.
He said, “You can’t transform a country without the people being reformed. I call on the church to come up with programmes on how Nigerians can be reformed.
“People play politics with things that affect their own lives. That is why somebody will vandalise power equipment in order to ensure that power reform fails. Such people need to be reformed.”
He assured Nigerians that he was committed to keeping faith with all the promises he made during electioneering.
The President said Nigerians’ orientation must change, adding that the change must reflect in the way they thought and did things.