“Don’t let difficulties weigh you down this Christmas ”- Peter Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has delivered a message of hope and unity to Nigerians in his annual Christmas address, urging citizens not to let “the difficulties and challenges of this moment” diminish the holiday spirit.

Despite acknowledging the “hardship in the country” and “biting effects of bad government policies,” Obi emphasised the unifying values of “love, peace and joy for all mankind” that Christmas represents via a statement on Monday on his X handle.

“The difficulties and challenges of this moment should not however hinder us from appreciating the essence of our creation and the importance of seeking God’s mercy at all times,” Obi said.

The former Anambra governor encouraged Nigerians to “use this great feast to offer special supplications to God for our country.” He expressed hope that Nigeria’s “adversity shall not persist for too long,” promising citizens a “New Nigeria.”

Obi also called on leaders to “embrace the spirit of this season, which emphasises charity.” He said that for leaders, “charity underlines compassion for the people in their present hardship.” And for citizens, “charity means sharing with our neighbours and the less privileged our material blessings.”

“On this unique occasion, I wish to reassure our people that our adversity shall not persist for too long as we look forward to a New Nigeria. Merry Christmas to all,” Obi concluded.

Culled from Punch