The 2023 Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has asked Nigerians to break down the walls of ethnic and religious divisions that continue to divide the nation.
The former governor of Anambra State asked Nigerians to emphasize the unity of the nation and leverage its diverse and rich cultural and ethnic identities and strengths to further our national progress.
Obi stated this in a statement through his official X-handle on Wednesday to mark the International Day of Human Solidarity.
He said Nigeria has become more divided and polarized than ever before, fueled by overwhelming tribal and religious sentiments among the population.
Obi said the sentiments have resulted in the reluctance of Nigerians to work together and work together towards achieving national growth and development.
He wrote: “Today we join the world community in celebrating the International Day of Human Solidarity, which is dedicated to strengthening our global unity in diversity, and to helping promote international cooperation in eradicating hunger and disease at the global level .
“At the national level, Nigerians must solemnly remind us of the need to break down the walls of ethnic and religious division that have continued to divide us and instead emphasize our unity and promote our diverse and rich cultural and ethnic identities and strengths. use to move forward. our national progress.
“Unfortunately, today we are more divided as a nation than ever. Our dear nation today is more polarized than ever before, fueled by overwhelming tribal and religious sentiments among the populace, resulting in the unwillingness of Nigerians to work together and work together towards achieving national growth and development.
“This is clearly the result of bad politics and elite insensitivity. A report by the Africa Polling Institute states that Nigeria achieved 44.2% social cohesion in 2021, and the Nigeria Social Cohesion Index (NSCI) stood at 39.6% in 2022, down from 4.6% compared to 2021 and a clear deficit compared to 50%. average.
“I would therefore like to take this opportunity to remind Nigerians that the problems of hunger, poverty and inequality are not specific to any ethnicity or religion but extend across the country. The task before us, therefore, as political leaders and as citizens, is to continue to beat the drums of unity, social justice and social equality to form one united front that will stand in solidarity against the many challenges facing our nation is facing.
“With sincerity, unity of purpose and mutual trust and cooperation, we will not only elect the right group of leaders, devoid of ethnic and religious loyalties, but also demand accountability from every government in power. That will mark the beginning of our journey towards a new and United Nigeria, which remains our dream and our main goal.”
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