The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has urged Nigerians not to despair but to see an opportunity in the recession the country is currently going through.
In his Easter message made available to the media in Abuja on Saturday, he felicitated with Christians, noting the significance of the occasion of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Signed on his behalf by the acting Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, the statement said: “As we remember the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we should draw a lesson from his resurrection and rise above the challenges we currently face as a country.
“Even in recession, we believe as a party that there are opportunities that we believe the ever resilient Nigerian people can explore and exploit to better their lot. As a party, we are working hard to reposition ourselves so that the good governance that the PDP is known for 16 years would be made available for the betterment of our countrymen and women.
“This is not time to despair, but to come together as one strong party to take over the reins of leadership at the national and state levels. We cannot allow the desperation of a few of our renegade members to distract us from the bigger task ahead.
“We must put on our positive thinking caps, ginger our acclaimed spirit of innovation, rise above our challenges and get our party working again. We must let our detractors know that the fate of millions of our supporters cannot be tied to the whims and caprices of a few shenanigans.
“On my part, I am committed to taking the party back to its rightful owners, the hardworking Nigerian people so that our party can be great again.”
The party boss urged Christians and Nigerians in general to imbibe the lessons of the resurrection as living evidence that every challenge, including even death, can be overcome through abiding faith in God and dogged determination.
He said the lessons learnt from Easter should serve as a springboard for every Nigerian to rise above the challenges that the country if being confronted with presently.
While urging party faithful to pray for the strengthening of the party in order to face the challenges that lie ahead, Sheriff wished all Nigerians a happy Easter celebration.