In a statement released on Friday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulated Nigerians, particularly Muslim faithful, on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the Holy Ramadan Fasting. The party urged Nigerians to use the opportunity to pray and work towards the establishment of justice, equity, fairness, and good governance in the country.
The PDP emphasized that Ramadan presents a divine opportunity for serious introspection, especially with regards to the fear of God, accountability, adherence to set rules and constitutional order, as well as respect for the rights, personal freedom, and will of citizens in a democratic setting.
The party called on Nigerians, especially leaders, to reflect on the essence of Ramadan and use the occasion to reawaken the virtues of selflessness, honesty, self-restraint, fair-mindedness, mutual respect, forgiveness, love, and compassion for one another, regardless of ethnic, sectional, religious, or partisan considerations. The PDP believes that these are the only ways to achieve a politically stable and economically viable nation.
However, the PDP expressed deep sadness that Nigerians are still under siege by terrorists and are subjected to fear, misery, anguish, abject poverty, and excruciating economic hardship due to the incompetence, insensitivity, heavy corruption, and manipulative leadership of the past eight years. The party further noted that efforts to install purposeful, honest, and responsible leadership have been sabotaged by oppressive forces desperate to impose themselves against the will of the people.
The statement concluded with the PDP expressing optimism that with fervent prayers to God and the determination of citizens, the nation will triumph in the collective quest to entrench a God-fearing leadership that is derived from the free will of the people expressed at the polls.