Mr Peter Obi, who was the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections on February 28th, stated that societies can be destroyed through the use of powerful methods such as the manipulation of the rule of law and the suppression of the will of the people.
On the eve of the rescheduled Governorship and State Assembly Elections scheduled for Saturday, Mr Peter Obi conveyed his message to Nigerians in the form of a letter.
Mr Peter Obi titled his letter "A new Nigeria is again possible on the 18th of March," and he urged Nigerians to not be discouraged by the Independent National Electoral Commission's misconduct during the Presidential Elections on February 25th. He implored them to cast their votes during the upcoming Governorship and State Assembly Elections on Saturday.
According to Mr Peter Obi's letter, millions of Nigerians across different regions and backgrounds voted for the Labour Party during the Presidential Elections on February 25th with the hope of creating a new Nigeria. He expressed his gratitude to all Nigerians for their unwavering belief and support in the idea of a new Nigeria. Additionally, he believes that a new Nigeria is not only possible, but it has already begun.
Mr Peter Obi reflected on the campaign period, during which he and his team traveled across Nigeria and interacted with millions of people from different backgrounds. He expressed his appreciation for the support and dedication of the young Nigerians who invested their resources, time, and energy into the vision of a Nigeria that works for all. He also acknowledged the contributions of many genuine and patriotic Nigerians who selflessly volunteered and gave whatever they could to support the cause of a new Nigeria. According to Mr Obi, the support of these individuals was not based on any divisive sentiments such as religion, tribe, gender, or class.
The support for a new Nigeria was based on the genuine desire for a country where the potential of its youth and resources could be harnessed to create an inclusive, sustainable, growing, and progressive nation. Mr Peter Obi expressed his concerns about the increasing poverty, insecurity, corruption, unemployment, and the failing educational and health systems in Nigeria.
He further noted that the actions of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the February 25th Presidential Elections, which he deemed as an interference with the will of Nigerians, were even more troubling.
Mr Peter Obi expressed concern that INEC's actions would worsen Nigeria's already difficult situation, frustrate the people, and lead to further deterioration of the country. He urged INEC to provide all necessary materials and access to legal and technical teams to enable them to pursue justice. He warned that INEC should not hinder efforts to achieve a new Nigeria.
Mr Obi then reflected on the lessons of history, noting that societies can be destroyed through either gradual or sudden means, such as the deliberate manipulation of the rule of law and the suppression of the will of the people.
Mr Peter Obi acknowledged the efforts of Nigerians, particularly the youth, who have shown creativity, passion, patriotism, and relentless optimism in demanding a new Nigeria. Despite the deliberate and unpatriotic attempts to stop their progress, Mr Obi was inspired by the determination of Nigerians. He expressed confidence that the march to freedom may be delayed, but a new Nigeria will never be denied.
Mr Obi further commended the young Nigerians who braved challenges, withstood difficulties, and overcame contrived obstacles to cast their votes and make their voices heard.
Mr Peter Obi highlighted the inspiring actions of Nigerian youths, citing the example of Yusuf Alabi, who stood in front of his moving car with his hands fully stretched, undaunted by the challenges and obstacles. Mr Obi was tired that day, but he found renewed energy and inspiration through the dynamism, creativity, optimism, and passion of young Nigerians who are committed to building a new Nigeria.
Nonetheless, Obi expressed his confidence in the Nigerian people, particularly the youth, and their ability to bring about change and create a better future for themselves and the country. He urged Nigerians to remain resolute in their demand for a New Nigeria and to continue to participate actively in the political process.
Obi's letter also conveyed his appreciation to all Nigerians who supported the Labour Party during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections and assured them that their belief and commitment to a New Nigeria are not in vain. He promised to continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the aspirations and dreams of Nigerians are realized.
The letter encourages Nigerians to not let the misconduct of the Presidential Election discourage them from participating in the Governorship and State Assembly elections on March 18th. It acknowledges the challenges faced during the Presidential Election, including deliberate manipulation of the rules and regulations by INEC, which resulted in the suppression of the will of the people.
The letter also acknowledges the efforts of young Nigerians who have demonstrated their passion and commitment to a New Nigeria through their creativity, patriotism, and relentless optimism. The letter calls on INEC to provide all the required materials and access to legal and technical teams to ensure that justice is served. Finally, the letter urges all Nigerians to remain peaceful and law-abiding as the team takes up these issues through all available legal and peaceful channels.
The letter concludes with a call to action, urging Nigerians to remain steadfast and united in their pursuit of a better future for the country. It reads:
“Let us be clear: the task ahead of us is not an easy one. It requires patience, determination, and a willingness to work together for a common purpose. But we can do it.
“Let us remain focused on our goal of a New Nigeria, and let us continue to work tirelessly towards its realization. We owe it to ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.
“Remember, a New Nigeria is not just a dream; it is a possibility, and with our collective efforts, we can make it a reality. Together, we can build a country that we can all be proud of, a country that works for all Nigerians, regardless of their background, religion, or ethnicity.
“Let us stand together in this noble cause, and let us be the change that we wish to see in our beloved country.
“Thank you, and may God bless Nigeria.”
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