Dan Obih

The march towards national development can only be sustained if Nigerians stay united and refuse to be distracted by the myriad of challenges currently facing the country.

The charge was part of a New Year message issued by the National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Osi Orbih.

He also urged citizens to stay focused on the opportunities that lay ahead, arguing that Nigeria, given its enormous resources, remains a potentially world leader and the brightest hope of the black race.

Chief Orbih’s charge was made Friday through a press release. It read in part:

“I join millions of countrymen to usher Nigeria into the new year, 2022. No doubt, the preceding year had seen our dear country muddle through a lot of challenges ranging from rising insecurity, ethnic clashes, farmer/herder crisis, mass poverty and threats to its unity.

“It is obvious that most of our individual aspirations and, indeed, collective desires as a country were scarcely met, owning largely to gaps in quality leadership.

“These distractions are not insurmountable. I have no doubt in my mind that the path to sustained development of Nigeria lies in strengthening its unity which fabrics have been torn apart by rudderless leadership.

“We must see the strength in our diversity. I urge Nigerians across every divide to see themselves as one and unite to build a prosperous nation founded on justice, equity and fairness.”

“God has blessed our country with enormous human and material resources. These endowments place Nigeria as a potentially world leader and the brightest hope of the black race. We must stay focused on the opportunities that lay ahead and prepare ourselves to ride on the hope of a brighter and prosperous new year,” the statement added.