THE Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, All Progressives Congress, APC, Abia Norh has warned the political class against hate speech and inflammatory utterances that are capable of polarising the country as we enter the new year, 2022.
In his new year message, the former Governor of Abia State who urged Nigerians to be steadfast, patriotic, and optimistic ahead of the new year, however, applauded the citizenry for what he described as their continued support for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kalu said that leaders at all levels of government must ensure the welfare of the people is a top priority in their agenda, adding that the government and the governed must play complementing roles in building a prosperous, united, and indivisible Nigeria.
According to the statement, Kalu who spoke at his Igbere country home, during the distribution of end-of-year gifts to his constituents as part of his annual end-of-year activities, called on well-meaning Nigerians to embrace philanthropy.
He 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 set the country to 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.
“No country can thrive in an atmosphere of disharmony. Nigeria’s cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity must be harnessed for the 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” .
The former Governor wished Nigerians a prosperous new year.