The Peoples` Democratic Party (PDP) has called on opposition parties to guard their utterances in the interest of the unity of the country.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, said this, through a statement, in Abuja, on Saturday.
“We appreciate that in a multiparty democracy, there are different views on governance,” Mr. Metuh said. “However, the plurality of views must never be allowed to threaten the corporate existence of the country.”
The ruling party’s spokesman added that “Nigeria must remain our common denominator in spite of our different political and cultural orientation.”
The statement added that the task of ensuring peace and stability of the country was not a burden for the PDP or President Goodluck Jonathan alone but that of all Nigerians.
It, therefore, called on elders, leaders and opinion leaders in the country to continue preaching the message of peace and unity amongst the people.
Commends IBB, Atiku
The PDP also expressed satisfaction with the efforts made by some prominent Nigerians in promoting government`s efforts in tackling the nation`s challenges.
The party commended the intervention of former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida; and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; for their call on Nigerians to rally round Jonathan to tackle the security and economic challenges facing the nation.
Mr. Metuh stated that the pronouncements by the elder statesmen, at a time some individuals and groups were fanning the embers of hatred and division, showed that there were still highly respected leaders in the country.
Such statesmen, it stated, were willing to rise above narrow sectional considerations for the overall stability of the country.
Mr. Babangida, at his media parley to celebrate his 71st birthday, described calls for the resignation of Jonathan by some groups as “laughable.” Mr. Abubakar also echoed the same view, while urging Nigerians to put aside politics and join hands in preventing the threat to the country`s corporate existence, by some ethnic organisations.
The statement commended the statesman disposition of Babangida and Atiku and described them “as distinguished political icons’’ that should be emulated by all Nigerians.”
The ruling party also wished Nigerian Muslims a happy Eid-el Fitri.
“As we celebrate the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, we wish to appeal to all Nigerians to hold onto the lessons of the holy month, which are supplication to the almighty, sacrifice and brotherly love for one another. ’’ the party said.