By Nasir Kura
The Peoples Democratic Party has sympathized with the generality of Nigerians over what it called the worst Christmas in the country’s history.
The PDP said on Sunday that Nigerians are celebrating a gloomy Yuletide owing to the incompetence and insensitivity of the All Progressives Congress administration.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja, however, called on Nigerians not to despair but to use the occasion to show love to one another.
The party said it was sad that Nigerians are not having a merry Christmas due to the economic hardship worsened by the acute fuel shortage, “all due to the alleged shambolic policies, sheer incompetence and gross insensitivity of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.”
The statement described the nation’s economic situation as a national embarrassment which cannot be glossed with deceit, lies and propaganda.
“Indeed, this is the worst Yuletide ever. There is no way one can sugarcoat the fact that the anguish Nigerians face today is because of the incompetence of the APC Government, which has also amply demonstrated that it does not care about the welfare and happiness of the citizens.
“Our country’s economic situation has astronomically gone from bad to worse in the last two years and painfully, there is no hope in sight under this APC regime.
“As we speak, many families are completely stranded; many more can no longer afford their basic needs.
“Nigerians have become ravaged by economic hardship because the APC-led Federal Government has abandoned them and refused to channel the abundant resources available in the nation for the good of the people. Instead, they are heartlessly diverting such resources for their selfish political purposes while the people suffer.
“These horrendous realities imposed on us by the APC notwithstanding, we must not become despondent,” the statement read in part.
He also called on Nigerians to join hands with the main opposition party to rescue the country in 2019.
According to him, “Now that it has become manifest, even by their speeches this season, that those who promised Nigerians El Dorado do not have the littlest capacity to fulfil the smallest of their promises, we as a people must not also abandon ourselves.
“We must, therefore, rise above all divisive ethnic, religious and political considerations and make this season merry by helping and encouraging one another in love.
“The ugly situation we all confront today as a people must, therefore, serve as the catalyst for a prosperous tomorrow as Nigerians join hands with the PDP to restore our dear nation to the path of good governance and national prosperity come 2019”.