The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on all Nigerians to imbue the true essence of Christmas, which are giving, forgiving, love of God and love of fellow men.
The APC made the call on Thursday in a statement issued by Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party, John James Akpanudoedehe on the occasion of Christmas.
Akpanudoedehe also enjoined Christians and all Nigerians to mark the “joyful” occasion of the yuletide, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
He said all citizens should give a helping hand to those in need and give succour to the vulnerable ones.
According to him, some issues in the polity stand out even as the country celebrates the occasion. One of such issues is the Coronavirus pandemic.
He noted that Nigeria has recorded nearly 90, 000 COVID-19 infections and about 1,236 related deaths.
This, he said, shows that the coronavirus remains a real and serious public health threat.
The APC caretaker secretary added that, “In our festivities, we must all stay safe by adhering to official public health directives by avoiding non-essential trips, large gatherings, using facemasks and washing hands regularly to halt the virus spread.
“As every country affected by the economic slowdown caused largely by the severity of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria is poised to exit the current recession within a short time, as several measures lined up by the Federal Government shows. It is worthy of note that the decline in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) came after 12 consecutive quarters of positive growth.
“Issues of security is also on the frontburner. The APC assures Nigerians that government and our security services will always mobilise all legitimate assets to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians.
“From the Chibok, Dapchi to Kankara students abductions and other recorded security incidents in the country, the President Muhammadu Buhari government has never lacked the capacity and clear intent to check and contain such incidence when they arise.
“While the capacity and valiant efforts of our armed forces and other security services is not in doubt and greatly appreciated, they must do much more to further degrade the ability of terrorists and other criminal elements to perpetuate their evil attacks on soft targets across the country.
“The APC wishes all Nigerians a Merry Christmas.”