Centenary: Jonathan Has Restored Nigeria's Unity - PDP

Source: thewillnigeria.com

Says nation now in new era SAN FRANCISCO, March 01, (THEWILL) - The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the successful Centenary Celebrations, saying the events have ushered in a new and beautiful era of oneness, brotherliness, unity and peace in the nation.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement on  Saturday said the party was very proud of President Jonathan for  organising the events which 'not only succeeded in putting the nation on  the international arena to showcase our best but also fostered unity and  genuine reconciliation among our leaders and the people.

' According to the PDP, 'The Centenary celebrations have ushered in a new era.

They have rekindled the Nigerian spirit in all of us.

They have revived our sense  of patriotism; our inner love for one another as one people under God.

'The Centenary Concert not only reminded us of our common root but also pointed us to our rich heritage which comes alive only when we combine  our energies as a people.

It showed we are indeed one people determined to succeed and that our divisions are as ephemeral as they are  artificial.

'The PDP and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians appreciate President Goodluck Jonathan for organising the centenary prayers and the Award  Nite which for the first time in contemporary history brought together  all our living past leaders under one roof despite their differences,  perceived or real.

' The party noted that 'Nigerians were moved and their hopes of a peaceful great nation was  rekindled when they saw former President Shehu Shagari, General  Muhammadu Buhari, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Abdusalami  Abubakar come together.

' It added that 'Nigerians were moved when they saw General Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan together irrespective  of their perceived misunderstandings.

This shows that our differences  and disagreements as a nation do not get to the bones and can always be  resolved.

' The party said 'We remain eternally grateful to President Goodluck Jonathan for using  the event not only to awaken the spirit of patriotism by honouring  outstanding Nigerians but also to engender genuine reconciliation among  our leaders; a feat which has opened the portals for a new era of peace  and unity among the people irrespective of political, religious, ethnic  and sectional affiliations.

' The ruling party also saluted the nation's leaders for the show of statesmanship, urging  that  such understanding, maturity and patriotism should trickle down to all  other leaders at all levels.

'We cannot agree less with Nigerians in  their insistence that this would not have been possible but for the  humility, candour and the forthrightness of President Goodluck Jonathan  in handling national issues in spite of the challenges we face as a  nation.

'Those who believed that the Centenary is not worth celebrating can now see their mistake.

Through the Centenary celebrations, Nigeria is now in  a new era where brotherly love, peace and unity have been revived.

We  have moved into a new era where we must eschew all forms of bitterness,  crucify all that divide us and focus only on those things that bind us  together as one people.

'The entire world is watching us.
We are now in a period where the unity, prosperity and happiness of our people must be our collective priority; where the shedding of the blood of the innocent must stop and  where our dear nation and our people are no longer defined by political,  tribal, religious and sectional considerations but as a united people with a common destiny,'the party said.

'Our nation has for long been under attack by sectional interest and this is the time to silence such interests and build a strong and united country.

The challenges we face are transitory and cannot defeat our collective spirit.

We must learn to support our leaders and in this regard, our criticisms must be constructive and all forms of bigotry must end.

'We therefore call on all Nigerians, irrespective of political affiliations to stand up and defend our common destiny as a nation.

If you have ever benefitted from the soil of this country; if you have ever  drank from the waters of Nigeria; if you have ever been refreshed by the  cool and fresh air God has blessed us with; if you have ever eaten of  the fruit of this land, then the time has come for you to give back to  the land.

Let us stand up and collectively establish and defend the  unity and greatness of our dear nation so that labours of our heroes  past shall not and shall not be in vain.