In its goodwill message to Nigerians to mark the New Year, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the only way for the nation to overcome the ills that retard its growth is through a complete change of attitude among Nigerians. The PDP lamented the dwindling patriotism among Nigerians, stating that the major pre-occupation of the party in 2013 would be to engender positive attitudinal change among the people.
Urging the leaders of the party at all levels to brace up for the challenge, the message, signed by it National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, noted:
“Our vote for attitudinal change in 2013 is informed by the simple fact the commonest denominator of the systemic challenges facing our national growth is the dwindling fervor of patriotism on which our founding fathers laid the foundation of our dear nation… The adverse implications of this have been manifest in various ills that retard our movement to greatness. As the party entrusted with the mandate of the people, the onus is on us to show the light so that the way will be made perfectly clear to them.
“All our members elected and appointed into positions of authority at all levels now have a double responsibility of meeting up with the performance target we have already set as well as lead the way, with exemplary conduct, in this course of value change… Are we referring to corruption, terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, tribalism, religious intolerance, nepotism and what have you – the solution lies in the change of attitude among Nigerians. We must return to the path of patriotism and those in authority must lead the way.”
The party further warned that achieving this change is not a cause for the President alone as it demands the collective efforts of all Nigerians. “Elected leaders at all levels, those in appointments, the civil servants , those in security agencies, the clergy, the clerics, traditional rulers, contractors, artisans, market men and women among others must join hands in this struggle. We must place the nation first,” the ruling party stated.