By Joshua Chibuzo Andrew, Owerri
The Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, has written a letter to his supporters who address themselves as Obidients.
In the few paragraph letter, Obi assured members of the Obidient Political group to consider the incessant attacks on them as a huge sacrifice required to rescue and build a new Nigeria that is Possible.
Obi’s massage was contained in his tweets on Easter Monday, which according to him is to identify with the Obidients who have been under ceaseless attacks by “some anti-democratic agents” bent on defending and perpetuating frauds and retaining the status quo of criminalities in the country that he and his Vice Datti Baba-Ahmad are with them.
He wrote, “My Dear Obidients, a very happy Holy Month of Easter & Ramadan to you all. As we celebrate Easter and look forward to a joyous Eid El Fitr, we pray for God Almighty’s guidance, protection, and blessings as we face and pass through a litany of challenges in our dear country”
He further identified some of the challenges as “Nigeria- flawed electoral process, insecurity, weak institutions, multidimensional poverty, unemployment, inflation, lack of justice, fairness, equity, opportunities and many more”
The former Anambra state Governor stated that “in reflecting on these challenges and looking forward to a New Nigeria that is POssible, Datti and I are painfully mindful that for the mere reason of being Obidient, most of you have suffered vituperations, physical attacks, loss of rights and privileges, hateful trolls, indignities, and vexatious fighting words, even from some of those we long regarded as civic leaders and conscience of our nation.”
He appealed to the Obidients to “Please bear such attacks as sacrifices we are all required to make to create a New Nigeria where justice, equity, fairness, love, and prosperity shall reign, but be assured that Datti and I are with you and that the ongoing unfortunate orchestrated efforts to de-market and delegitimize the Obidient Movement will fail.
“We are fully structured and have all remained focused and steadfast in addressing the ills in our nation; while underpinning the supremacy of our Constitution and imperatives of the rule of law.
“Do not relent, and do not be lured into unnecessary conflicts. Be assured that in the fullness of time, our mission to rescue Nigeria from those engaged in State Capture will come to fruition. We are also using all lawful and peaceful means allowed under our laws and constitution to reclaim our mandate to create a New Nigeria that is Possible.
“ Therefore, in all your actions and inactions, I continue to implore you to be law-abiding, respectful, and peaceful.”
Obi equally urged them to be peaceful and law-abiding, “In all you do, always remember those immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr that “The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.” A New Nigeria is Indeed Possible. God bless all of you and bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”