By Lateef Ibrahim
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus urges Nigerians to put all hands on deck in the new year to save our democracy and the nation from destruction.
Prince Secondus said the call has become necessary as it’s now very oblivious that the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari is grossly incapacitated to lift the country out of the woods.
According Prince Secondus, in a new year message from his media office, only concerted efforts from all lovers of democracy irrespective of their political, religious and tribal inclinations rising in a rare patriotic stance can rescue this country.
“The destruction done to this country in the 67 months of the reign of President Buhari and his APC, can only be restored if all patriots irrespective of leanings rise to the challenge by putting their differences aside for the nation.
“What is obvious is that this regime cannot help this country again having lost the goodwill of the people and yet not possessing the needed capacity to confront the myriads of challenges on ground.
The PDP boss noted that the state of the nation could be better than what it is in the out- going year and it is the responsibility of leaders to strive to put things in a satisfactory manner.
He noted that one special ingredient of democracy is freedom of speech and association and warned that any attempt through any means to curtail free speech in the country will be unacceptable and should be resisted.
The PDP National Chairman also notes the attempts by handlers of government to denigrate our leaders and heroes for telling truth to power which is what is expected of them and warned that any democracy that inhibits either directly or indirectly the freedom of speech is doomed to fail.
Prince Secondus said that while it’s not arguable that democracy remains the best form of government for the country, there is ample room for improvement and the new year provides an opportunity for the ruling party and the legislators to take necessary and urgent steps to deepen our democracy.
He called on the legislators in particular to take critical and judicious look at the happenings in our land and act in accordance with the desires and aspirations of the people not of their own individual interests.
“Everybody will be a loser if this democracy collapses due the inactions of the leaders who due to greed and selfishness refuse to do the needful.
Prince Secondus said that the clamour for the restructuring of the current political structure and the rejigging of the nation’s security architecture should be given due attention in the new year as it remains the best option for a lasting stability of the country.
He also noted that the hardship Nigerians are going through especially due to insecurity and corruption could be avoidable if only square pegs were put in a square holes to man critical sectors.
“Let us use the new year to address critical issues with a view to finding lasting solutions to them rather than the current surface scratching of the problems”
“If we must tell ourselves the plain truth, this country is not working as it is and we just have to face the challenge squarely by being more pragmatic, less sentimental and eschew nepotism in our actions and reasoning.
Finally, the Prince Secondus enjoined all Nigerians particularly members and supporters of PDP to show more accommodation to each other and embrace peaceful and harmonious living.