At Christmas, PDP Urges Nigerians Not To Insult Buhari, Despite “Sudden” Hardship Imposed On Them By APC Govt
As Nigerians joined their Muslim and Christian counterparts across the world on Thursday to mark Eid-el-Maulud and Friday, Christmas, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the citizenry to desist from insulting President Muhammadu Buhari.
NGTrends reports that Eid-el-Maulud is a Muslim celebration to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad while Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.
The party said rather than insult the president, Nigerians should use this year’s festivities to offer special prayers for the unity and stability of the nation as well as recommit their individual and collective security and economic welfare into the hands of God.
The opposition party said the call for special prayers became imperative as the nation is now, more than ever before, in dire need of divine intervention, especially as citizens cope with the sudden hardship occasioned by poor management of the nation’s economy in the last seven months since the All Progressives Congress, APC, took over leadership of the country.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, said the two important celebrations, coming at this trying time, offered the citizens an opportunity to put aside every political, religious and ethnic differences and unite against their prevailing common challenges.
“Nigerians across board have in the last few weeks been recalling the campaign promises made by President Buhari and the APC, particularly, their December 24, 2014 Christmas message wherein they promised several reforms and welfare programmes that will, in their own words, ‘begin to positively impact on the citizenry within its (APC) first few months at the helm, to such an extent that Nigerians will have a better Christmas celebration in 2015’.
“Whilst we understand the indignation, frustration and disappointments occasioned by the long list of unfulfilled promises and dashed expectations under the current regime (and justifiably so), we urge that Nigerians should not recourse to hauling insults on the President as such would not bring the succour they seek.
“The challenges we face today as a nation should not make us lose our dignity and demureness as a people. They should not make us miss the essence and meanings of Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas and the divine succour they bring, especially the assurance that there is always an end to every negative situation.
“The PDP therefore calls on all Nigerians to use the occasions to reflect on those things that bind us together as a nation; show love to one another and commit the nation into Gods’ hands, even as we charge the political class to be conscious of divine accountability in all their dealings.
“On this note, the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, on behalf of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC), wishes all Nigerians joyful Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas celebrations”, the statement read.