Jonathan made the call on Sunday when the Christian community in FCT visited him at the Aso Rock Villa as part of activities marking the celebration of Easter.
“If you are a businessman and you say you are supporting government, but you do not pay tax,;how do you expect that government to survive?,” the President asked.
The President said that the development attained in advanced countries did not come from the blues, but through sacrifices made by the people.
Jonathan noted that in ECOWAS sub-region, Nigeria had the lowest VAT of five per cent, whereas other countries charged up to 12 per cent.
The president said that nation-building depended on two key elements; the sacrifice of individuals and the patriotism of the citizens.
The President thanked Nigerians for giving him the opportunity to serve, from being a deputy governor in Bayelsa, to becoming a vice president and later president.
In his remarks,Vice President Namadi Sambo said he was lucky to have worked with the President, adding that he learnt much from his humility, sacrifice and commitment to nation building.
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