Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih on Sunday, broke down and wept while acknowledging the presence of Hajia Binta Yar’Adua, wife of late General Shehu Yar’Adua at the reception held to mark his 80th birthday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The celebrant sued for peace, saying governance was one person at a time, adding that if Nigeria’s past leaders and elders can genuinely advise President Goodluck Jonathan, there would be peace in the country and the Boko Haram scourge will be a thing of the past.
The elder statesman, who made these remarks in his vote of thanks, said: “The leaders are gathered here today and this is why we’ve asked ourselves why can’t we forget the past and move forward. I must confess that I was thrilled that President Obasanjo came to the church. This is the kind of forgiveness leaders have to show for the country to move forward”.
Charging the past and current leaders to jettison grievances and support President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Anenih said: “Abdulsalami Abubakar and IBB are here, they can give us peace. I believe that if all of us here put our hands behind him (President Jonathan) and genuinely advise him, even our worst enemy, Boko Haram, will be afraid”.
In apparent reference to the agitations for power shift between the North and South-South, Anenih said, “Nigeria is turn-by-turn. We should wait for our time. Jonathan is there now, it will get to another person; we should talk less.
“Let us put our hands behind the President. Time flies. Today he is the one, tomorrow it will be your turn.’’
The event which attracted top politicians, captains of industry as well as highly placed government functionaries, was chaired by Senate president, Senator David Mark.