Former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu, has expressed hope that Nigeria is gradually taking its rightful position in the comity of nations.
According to the APC senatorial candidate for Abia North, the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been implementing pro-poor policies and social investment programmes aimed at alleviating the suffering of the masses.
While cautioning the political class against heating up the polity with unguided, unpatriotic and inflammatory utterances, Kalu urged politicians to embrace issue-based campaigns ahead of the forthcoming general election.
The former governor made these remarks on Monday while addressing scores of supporters and political associates, who paid him a solidarity visit in Igbere, Abia State.
He said, “As we celebrate Christmas and approach 2019 , let us seize this opportunity to reflect on our lives as individuals and as a nation.
“Nigerians regardless of ethnic, political and religious divides, must embrace piety, togetherness, selflessness and patriotism in all endeavours for the country to regain its lost glory.
“The unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and as such, we must continue to live in peace and harmony.
“Let us see our diversity as an added advantage for the betterment of Nigeria and not an opportunity to polarize the country.
“With different cultures, languages and religious beliefs, we can complement ourselves in life.
“As we gradually approach the 2019 general election, let us abide by the tenets of democracy anchored on probity, transparency and accountability.
“Politics is not a do-or-die affair and as such, politicians, political parties and aspirants to elective offices and other stakeholders must “play by the rules”.