Abuja - The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) commended President Goodluck Jonathan for setting up an advisory committee to map a framework on National Dialogue.
Jonathan set up the committee on Tuesday to coincide with the country’s 53rd independence anniversary.
In a statement, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said through the initiative, Jonathan, who is also the party’s leader, demonstrated that his mandate derived entirely from the wishes of Nigerians.
“We are pleased that the President listens and leaves Nigerians in no doubt that their opinions matter. We recall that he bowed to the wishes of Nigerians on the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry and we also recall that the wishes of Nigerians have been his compass in crucial measures so far taken to contain terrorism in parts of the country,” stated Metuh.
He commended the President for “disappointing the opposition who thought he was going to use the occasion to score political points.”
“His rare humility in acknowledging teething national challenges, his manifest resolve to fight head-on until Nigerians are freed from the oppression of terrorism; his good wishes and prayers for the families of victims of terrorism and his strident call on those elected to govern at all levels to focus on improving the lives of our people and not selfish ambition show him as a leader alive to the welfare of his people.”
In his speech on Tuesday, Jonathan conceded to the challenges the country was facing in recent years.
Terrorism ranks among the highest in the challenges and has claimed thousands of lives.
“The admission by the President that it is not easy for Nigerians to keep believing in the possibilities of our greatness when our faith is constantly challenged brings to the fore the humanity and humility of a committed leader and the imperative on the part of both the leaders and the led to renew commitment to nation building as the only assured course to victory,” Metuh said.
– CAJ News.