The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians to desist from insulting President Muhammadu Buhari, especially during the Independence Day celebration.
The party also charged Nigerians to use the occasion of the nation’s 55th Independence Anniversary to rekindle the spirit of patriotism, while exhibiting actions that promote democratic ideals and peaceful co-existence at all levels in the country.
The party said the occasion reminds of Nigeria’s common root and destiny as well as her resilience and determination to succeed in all spheres of life as a strong, united and prosperous nation, irrespective of her challenges.
The PDP, in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, congratulated the citizens for keeping faith in the Nigerian project and working together in building a strong nation and one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
The party, however, urged Nigerians to use the anniversary to recommit to respecting their leaders at the local government, state and national levels, while paying adequate reverence to national symbols and institutions.
“In this regard, the PDP urges all citizens to have full respect for the office and person of the symbol of the leadership of our great country, the President. The President can be constructively criticized, but under no circumstance should he be abused or insulted in any way and under any guise whatsoever.
“On this note therefore, we expect those around our dear President to be cautious and desist from actions and utterances that tend to set him up for public ridicule”, the party stressed.
The party congratulated the nation for giants strides achieved since independence, especially within the 16 years under the PDP led-administration, during which enviable milestones were recorded in critical sectors of the polity.
It assured that even in opposition, it would continue to ensure that the country is not dragged back to the dark years of dictatorship by firmly defending the tenets of democracy and provisions of the constitution.
The party insisted that the feat achieved through the successful conduct of 2015 general elections and the smooth transition, all resulting from the democratic disposition of PDP leaders, must be sustained, as the country cannot afford to degenerate from its globally acclaimed democratic credentials.
It also commended the military for the success recorded in the fight against insurgency in the country even as it commiserated with all those affected by the senseless acts of terrorism and violence. It also charged those behind the bloodletting to have a rethink and understand that their actions cannot be justified under any guise.
The leadership of the PDP prayed for abiding peace in the country and wished the government and people of Nigeria, happy independence.