31st December, 2021
The Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu, on Friday urged Nigerians to be steadfast, patriotic and optimistic ahead of the new year.
Kalu, who made the call in his Igbere country home, while distributing gifts to his constituents as part of his annual end of year activities, called on well-meaning Nigerians to embrace philanthropy.
He applauded Nigerians for their continued support for President Muhammadu Buhari, and cautioned the political class against inflammatory utterances capable of polarising the country.
The Senate Chief Whip stressed the need for leaders at all levels of government to ensure that the welfare of the people remained a top priority in their agenda.
He added that the government and the governed must play complementing roles in building a prosperous, united and indivisible Nigeria.
Kalu said, “as we approach the new year, it is imperative to reflect on our achievements and challenges as individuals and as a nation.
“No doubt, 2021 was a year of sober reflection and celebrations.
“For the country to attain enviable heights, we must shun acts that will divide the country.
“The time is now for Nigerians regardless of political, ethnic and religious differences to sustain peace and harmony in a bid to build a just society.”
He said that no country could thrive in an atmosphere of disharmony.
“Nigeria’s cultural, ethnic and religious diversity must be harnessed for growth and progress of the country.
“We must not allow political or religious sentiments to take Nigeria backward.
“Let us engage people in government in constructive criticisms as against hate speech and campaign of calumny.
“In the new year, we must imbibe good moral conduct in our daily pursuits for the sake of peace and unity”.
Kalu wished Nigerians a prosperous new year.