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First Lady, Govs, Others Advocate Hope, Tolerance in 2014

| January 1, 2014 More

 First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan

Our Correspondents
First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan and some governors yesterday urged Nigerians to enter the New Year with the assurance of a better tomorrow and to be more tolerant in their relations with their compatriots.

The eminent Nigerians, in their separate New Year messages, also called on the people to embrace peace and shun acts that could lead to a breakdown of law and order.
Mrs. Jonathan, in her New Year message urged Nigerians, particularly the women, to pray for peace and development of the country.

She also urged the women to further put to the benefit of the nation, those virtues of intellect, determination, resilience, hard work and care which are the hallmark of the Nigerian woman.
The first lady called on women to use the New Year to strengthen their family bonds, adding that once the family is united and at peace, the society generally will enjoy peace and progress.

She  also restates her resolve to the socio-economic well being of the people, particularly the women, indigent and the vulnerable, assuring that her NGOs, would continue to initiate programmes that will make women at all levels, aware of their human rights and obligations as citizens of Nigeria.
Expect Brighter Days, Says Oshiomhole
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has urged the people of the state to look to brighter days ahead in the New Year.

In a New Year message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Peter Okhiria, the governor said the outgoing year was one of peace, stability and tremendous progress in the socio-economic life of the state.
According to him, “I congratulate the good people of Edo State, and indeed the entire people of Nigeria for seeing yet another year. For us in Edo State, the outgoing year was generally peaceful and marked by growth in all sectors of the economic life of the state.”

Obi: Jonathan Has Done Well
Governor Peter Obi of Anmabra State yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan had done well in the out-gone year, calling on Nigerians to give him the total support which he deserves in the New Year to improve on his performance. Obi, who fielded questions from journalists in Awka, said: “I wish Nigerians God’s protection in the New Year.”

He reeled out the various areas where the president had done well, stressing that in some few years time, the president’s revolution in the area would become clear to even doubting Thomases.

“The president has done very well. He is trying to introduce a new order. Look at the power sector, the president has succeeded in unbundling the area and I bet you, in few years we shall see the effect and at that time we will surely go down in history as one of the best president Nigeria has had,” Obi said.

Mimiko Urges Caution, Prayers
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday called for caution and prayers by the citizenry as the nation prepares for another general election in the first quarter of 2015.

Specifically, the governor in a New Year message implored everyone to exercise caution and be ready to withstand whatever challenges that may come to test their resolve to remain united in love and peace in an economically thriving and indivisible Nigeria.
“We, members of the political class, should be guided and guarded in our utterances. This country belongs to all of us, we should make it work because tomorrow promises to be better,” he said.

Chime, Enugu PDP Preach Peace, Unity
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has urged Nigerians to redouble their efforts at building a stable, secure and prosperous nation.

Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state has called on the people of the state and its supporters to take advantage of the New Year celebration to offer special prayers for a peaceful transition from one civilian government to another, both at the state and the national levels.

In his New Year message, Chime said citizens should learn from the mistakes of previous years and commit themselves to ensuring that improvements are made in all facets of the nation’s socio-economic and political life.
Meanwhile, the party’s Chairman, Chief Vita Abba, in a New Year message thanked the people for their overwhelming support to the PDP-led governments of President Goodluck Jonathan and Chime, whom he said have rapidly transformed the nation and the State respectively for the better.

Yuguda: Continue to Live in Peace
Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has charged citizens of the state to make a resolution to live in peace among one another irrespective of religious, cultural or political differences in order to move the nation forward.

Yuguda, in his New Year message, expressed gratitude to God for sparing the lives of citizens to see the New Year, admonished them to continue to have mutual respect and tolerance for one another. “As a government, we are committed to ensuring the security of lives and property of all the people of Bauchi State. We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to enjoy a peaceful Bauchi State where all citizens will move freely without fear of molestation or harassment. I therefore call on you to support us to realise this goal.”

Imoke Assures on Projects Completion
Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has assured that his administration would consolidate on its achievements recorded in various sectors in the outgone year.
Imoke also reaffirmed that many of the landmark projects embarked upon by his administration would be completed within the year.

In a New Year message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Christian Ita, Imoke said: “My administration will remain unrelentingly focused on developing the economy of Cross River State into a service-driven and knowledge based economy, one that every Cross Riverian will be proud of.”

Yero Forsees a Brighter Future
Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, has urged Nigerians to be united and have faith in the country, assuring that Nigeria will come out of its present challenges stronger and more prosperous.

In his New Year message to the people of the state, Yero urged the people not to despair in the face of present challenges facing the country, saying such hurdles were prelude to achieving greatness, lasting peace and sustainable economic development.
“We must not lose hope because better days are ahead for our great country, no country in the World ever achieve development by the wisdom of its leaders alone. It takes the support and commitment of all citizens to build a prosperous and economically stable nation,” the governor said.

Suswam Calls for Understanding 
Benue State Governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, has called on the people of the state to imbibe the culture of tolerance and mutual co-existence so as to put the pains of the past year behind and embrace the New Year with abiding faith in God.
He said the beginning of a New Year symbolises the opening of new chapters in the lives of people as they encounter daily life challenges, and the recognition of life shortcomings that could be redeemed with a new resolve and commitment to excellence.

Suswam, who advised the people, particularly the political class to take extra precaution ahead of the 2015 general election, said the New Year would see many people making sacrifices in the interest of nation-building, particularly at a time the country is facing enormous security challenges being perpetrated by the deadly Boko Haram sect.

Jang: Remain Resolute
Plateau State Governor, Jonah David Jang, has urged Nigerians not to waver in their faith for a greater nation.
Jang stated this in his New Year message to Nigerians contained in a press statement signed by his Director of Press, James Mannok.
He stressed that in spite of the challenges which the nation have encountered in 2013, Nigerians have every reason to show gratitude to God for all the favours gained rather than counting their pains.

The governor restated his conviction that as individuals and as a nation, for whatever trials encountered, they are meant to prepare us for better tomorrow, as Nigeria has greater prospects which must be harnessed.

Utuama Harps on Tolerance
Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, has advised the people of Otu-Jeremi community to be peaceful and law abiding. Utuama gave the advice yesterday when he feted members of the community at the Otu -Jeremi Model Primary School as part of his thank you gesture for their support and encouragement.

In his words: “I want to thank all of you for the unflinching support you have been given to us. We cannot do anything if you have not given us your support. There can be no meaningful development when there is no peace. If the government has it in mind to do anything for you and this community, it will be possible only if there is peace.”

Bamidele: Reflect on Ekiti Guber Poll
A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has urged people of the state to use the celebration of the New Year to reflect on the impending 2014 governorship election in the state.
In his New Year message, where he felicitated with the people of the state in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Bamidele urged the people to take their destiny in their hands in 2014.

Describing this year as a crucial year of decision for the state, Bamidele added that people should use the festive mood to ruminate on their future as the election is fast approaching.

Senator Drums Support for FG
A former Senator, representing Ekiti North senatorial district of Ekiti State, Senator Ayo Arise, has urged Nigerians, especially the people of the state to remain hopeful for a better Nigeria in 2014 and be committed to the sustenance of the transformation strides of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government.

In his New Year message, Senator Arise said: “I wish to assure members and supporters of our party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State that 2014 is the year our party will return to government in the state because God Himself, who is the ultimate judge will make manifest, His judgment of posterity, which is the most important judgment.”

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