The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has described the state of the nation as bad and calls for patriotism by all Nigerians to confront the multifarious challenges facing the country.
In a Sallah message to the Muslim Ummah, the opposition party noted that the upcoming 2023 general elections is another opportunity for Nigerians to take their destiny in their hands and address the state of things.
It said, “The forthcoming general election provides another opportunity for Nigerians to take their destiny in their hands and elect competent, credible, vibrant, resourceful, purposeful, visionary and God-fearing leaders who will deliver dividends of democracy that will uplift the people’s standards of living, not carnage as obtainable today.”
While urging Muslim faithful and Nigerians to pray for peace, unity, justice, equity, progress and prosperity of the nation as it grapples with the task of nation building, the party tasked Muslims to imbibe the virtues of love, sacrifice and tolerance as signified by the occasion.
While lamenting what it described as the deplorable situation of the country, it also used the opportunity of the statement to accuse the governing All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government of woefully failing “to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria, playing to the gallery while the nation burns and Nigeria turns to the poverty capital of the world.”
Signed by NNPP National Publicity Secretary, Agbo Major, the statement urged Nigerians of voting age “to take advantage of the extension of the INEC voter registration to register and obtain their permanent voter cards, and ensure they vote for New Nigeria People’s Party candidates in all elections.”
It said, “This is the first step in actualising a new Nigeria we all desire and deserve in accordance with Section 14(2)b of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”
It further described the party’s presidential flag bearer, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as “a great patriot, a detribalised Nigerian who has served the nation creditably in various capacities as governor, Minister and Senator.
“A man of indefatigable endeavour, he is an embodiment of patriotism and frank in addressing national issues as he has no hidden agenda, the very reason millions of Nigerians identify with him and NNPP in our collective efforts to make Nigeria great again. He has high regard for Ndigbo, NNPP was founded by an illustrious son of Ndigbo, Dr Boniface Aniebunam, pioneer National Chairman and currently its Board of Trustees Chairman.
“It’s a grassroots party well rooted in all zones reflecting Federal Character as envisioned in the 1999 Constitution as amended. Kwankwaso’s recent comments on the good people of the South East were misunderstood and taken out of context. He is a man of honour who loves all Nigerians passionately and desires to serve them as president if voted into office.
“Obviously, the party or its presidential candidate would not in any way malign any zone or any individual, as we believe that in NNPP we desire the votes of all the zones and all the electorate to govern Nigeria.
“The leadership of the party is impressed by the overwhelming number of members and supporters of NNPP in the South East. It shows the people’s desire for a new Nigeria that treats all citizens equally.
The party is optimistic that various agitations in all zones in Nigeria will be a thing of the past if a progressive and transformative leader like Kwankwaso is elected president of Nigeria. This is our chance to correct the mistakes made in previous elections. A new Nigeria beckons.”