53rd Anniversary: Jonathan Disappointed Opposition, Says PDP

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Akin Akande, Abuja

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday commended President Goodluck Jonathan for disappointing the opposition who thought he was going to use the independence celebration to score political points.

The party added that the decision of President Jonathan to anchor the theme of his Independence day broadcast on the roadmap to a secured future for the nation is not only unique but an eloquent expression of his determination to bequeath a transformed Nigeria.

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said: “Nigerians listened to their President as he humbly relegated accomplishments and beating of the chest. We saw the President assuming the place of an ordinary Nigerian, in his pains, fears and uncertainty about the future. This is very commendable.”

It said that by taking a definite stand on the issue of a national dialogue and setting up a committee led by Dr. Femi Okurounmu to fashion out the structure and modalities for the conference, the President has again demonstrated that his mandate derives entirely from the wishes of Nigerians.

“We are pleased that the President listens and leaves Nigerians in no doubt that their opinions matter. We recall that he bowed to the wishes of Nigerians on the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry and we also recall that the wishes of Nigerians have been his compass in crucial measures so far taken to contain terrorism in parts of the country,” the party said.

The PDP added that President Jonathan’s rare humility in acknowledging teething national challenges, his manifest resolve to fight head-on until Nigerians are freed from the oppression of terrorism; his good wishes and prayers for the families of victims of terrorism and his strident call on those elected to govern at all levels to focus on improving the lives of our people and not selfish ambition, “show him as a leader alive to the welfare of his people.”

The party said the assertion by President Jonathan that “ordinary folks and not politicians make a nation,” should sober every Nigerian and prick the heart of desperate politicians who have committed enormous energy to heat up the polity and divide the people.