The presidential candidate of the Labour Party LP, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on his supporters to remain calm even under provocation, saying that his supporters must not allow those bent on using any pretext to plunge Nigeria into chaos.
This is consequent to the address made earlier by his supporters, saying “If they come at us through land, air and sea, we will respond to them through land, air and sea, but we will remain law abiding and will never give up on the nation.”
Obi is challenging the ‘victory’ of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25 presidential election in which he came third behind Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.
But on Thursday, Obi made a U-turn and said that he and his supporters must do their utmost to be calm even under provocation.
Obi said, “Recent events in our country, including political developments in Adamawa state, underline the importance of adhering to the rule of law. As a patriotic Nigerian who has served this country diligently, I remain committed to serving the Nigerian people and achieving a greater Nigeria in which everyone will be a beneficiary of our God-given wealth of abundant human and natural resources.”
According to the former Anambra governor, “Nigeria is a truly blessed and potentially great nation. With the Almighty God on our side, Nigeria’s greatness will soon manifest fully, thus ensuring that she is well-respected globally.
“In view of this, l ask all well-meaning Nigerians to commit their hearts to prayers for a better and greater Nigeria.
“It bears reiterating as I did yesterday at the National Executive Council Meeting of the Labour Party held in Asaba, that the millions of Nigerians who voted for Datti and I did not just cast their votes, but they invested their hope in us for a new Nigeria, So we must stay the course. H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari asked Nigerian youths to have faith in Nigeria and prepare for leadership roles when he signed the ‘Not Too Young to Run Act’ into law.
“I agree with him that we have enough vibrant and intelligent Nigerian youths ready to propel Nigeria to greatness, and it is my desire and commitment to empower Nigerian youths to leadership.
“Yet, we must do our utmost to be calm even under provocation; we must also not allow those bent on using any pretext to plunge our country into chaos and leave our youths without a future to succeed.
“We were provoked during the elections, but we showed restraint, patriotism and wisdom because we were voting for a greater Nigeria and not for the destruction of Nigeria. They deployed agents who killed and maimed many, including innocent women, but we kept our cool.
“I plead to every Nigerian to keep the faith and hope in Nigeria alive. We are on this journey together, and better and happier years await all of us. God bless the good people of Nigeria and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”