By Babajide Okeowo
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has laid the blame for a dwindling economy and worsening insecurity in the country at the doorstep of the ineptitude leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was contained in a new year message yesterday titled, “We Must Remain Resilient and Patriotic,” by The Leader of the Caucus, Hon. Kingsley Chinda. He said that without a doubt, the 2021 new year celebration was devoid of the usual pomp and glamour- no thanks to the numerous challenges that Nigerians had to, and are still facing.
“As we are all aware, new year celebration is observed globally to mark the beginning of every new year, offering us amongst other things, new belief, new hopes, new goals, new objectives, and new aspirations.
However, the 2021 New year celebrations appear less unique particularly because the outgone year 2020 came with lots of challenges, especially when the entire world had to battle with the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic which led to the death of millions of friends and loved ones across the globe, including in Nigeria.
Our situation in Nigeria was further worsened by a poor and dwindling economy (now in the worst recession ever); several incidents of kidnappings, killings, and general insecurity across the county, occasioned by an inept, visionless, clueless, and failed leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government” he stated.
Chinda however urged Nigerians, as a people and as good citizens, that beyond the merriment and ecstasy that comes with the New Year, they must remain resilient and patriotic and reflect deeply on the principles of humility, self-sacrifice, good neighbourliness, including love for one another and for the country.
The caucus also called on all to stay safe, especially in the wake of a resurgence in the number of Covid-19 cases by observing basic health tips such as; social distancing, wearing of face/nose masks, self-isolation, regular hand washing, use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers as well as complying with all rules and regulations issued by the government at various levels.