The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 23 presidential election, Peter Obi, has urged Nigerians to use the period of Easter to reflect on the situation in the country and pray specially for the survival of democracy.
Obi said, in an Easter message he made available to NEWS MEN on Saturday, that the nation’s democracy more than ever before since 1999 is under heavy stress that needed all hands to be on deck for its survival.
He said that the nation’s economy is under pressure and requires the commitment and sincerity of purpose from critical stakeholders to survive.
The former Anambra governor charged the nation’s leaders to stand up for the truth and and justice to save the country from deteriorating, pointing out that no nation develops in an unjust environment.
“This country has been undergoing a prolonged period of misfortune that this period of Easter provides huge opportunity for Christians to return to God in supplications for lasting solutions to our myriads of challenges.”
He noted that at this critical stage in the nation’s journey to development, only standing on the side of truth on the state of the nation and nothing else can set Nigerians free from economic bondage.
“Indicators are apparent that the country is under siege and Nigerians should use this solemn period of Easter to pray for God to intervene and raise good leaders for the country.”
Obi then charged Christians to see the Easter festivity which also marks the end of the 40 days special fasting and prayers as an ample period for positive attitude to one another.
He admonished Nigerian leaders to absorb the lessons of Easter and allow them influence their conduct, especially as it concerns the less privileged in the society.
Obi finally wished all Nigerians a very happy Easter celebration as he urged them to live in peace with one another.