The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) weekend reiterated the importance of patriotism, peaceful coexistence and a greater national consensus on matters that affect Nigeria’s collective well being as the country
joins the world Muslim community in marking the Eid el Fitri celebration,
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, chief Olisa Metuh the party stated that the task of ensuring peace and stability in Nigeria is not a burden for the PDP or President Goodluck Jonathan alone and called on elders, leaders and opinion leaders to continue preaching the message of peace and unity amongst the various ethnic groups in the country.
” We are happy to observe the efforts of prominent Nigerian leaders who have been promoting efforts of Government in tackling the current challenges that face the Nation”, the statement further said.
The Party specifically commend the patriotic intervention of the duo of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (GCFR) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (GCON) in their call for Nigerians to rally round President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the security and economic challenges facing the nation, and the condemnation of secessionists threats by a few misguided elements.
Chief Metuh further said pronouncements by the elder statesmen at a time some self seeking individuals and political groups are fanning the embers of hatred and division is a joyful reminder that there are still highly respected leaders who are willing to rise above narrow sectional considerations for the overall stability of the country.
Nigerians will recall that General Babangida in his media parley to celebrate his 71st birthday described calls for the resignation of the President as “laughable”. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar also echoed the same voice, urging Nigerians to put aside politics and join hands in preventing the threat to our corporate existence by some ethnic organizations.
” We commend the statesmanly disposition of these distinguished political icons and urge Nigerians to take a cue from this”.
The party also appreciates that in a multiparty democracy, there are different views on governance reasoning that the plurality of views must never be allowed to threaten the corporate existence of the Country, stressing that ” Nigeria must remain our common denominator inspite of our different political and cultural orientations”.
It further stressed that as muslims celebrate the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, Nigerians should hold onto the lessons of the holy month which are supplication to the almighty, sacrifice and brotherly love for one another.