In his Christmas message to Nigerians, the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, acknowledged the nation’s current difficulties but emphasised the importance of love, peace, and unity during this festive season.
“The hardship in the country, the biting effects of bad government policies and poor governance have dampened the hopes of most Nigerians,” Obi said.
However, he urged Nigerians to use Christmas as a time to “appreciate the essence of our creation and the importance of seeking God’s mercy at all times.”
He further encouraged Nigerians not to let current challenges “stop us as a people from aspiring to overcome present difficulties and realize the full potential of our blessed country.”
Obi called for “special supplications to God for our country” and stressed the need for leaders to embrace “the spirit of this season which emphasizes charity.”
For leaders, Obi explained, charity “underlines compassion for the people in their present hardship.” He urged citizens to share “with our neighbours and the less privileged our material blessings.”
Obi offered a message of hope, stating, “On this unique occasion, I wish to reassure our people that our adversity shall not persist for too long as we look forward to a New Nigeria.”