Abakaliki — GOVERNOR Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, yesterday, called on Nigerians from all walks of life to embrace the New Year with optimism and courage, not minding the numerous socio-economic and security challenges that plagued 2012.
The governor stated this while receiving members of the state House of Assembly who paid him a Christmas and New year homage at Government House, Abakaliki.
He urged Nigerians to be grateful to God that Nigeria was still forging ahead, despite the enormous challenges that had over the years confronted it, reflecting that the situation could have been worse if not for God's timely intervention and mercies at every point in time.
Elechi also described the year 2012 as a challenging one, and advised Nigerians to regard the various disasters and insecurity threats as a passing phase in the history of the country.
The governor said: "The year 2012 has been a challenging one in Nigeria given the magnitude of natural disasters like floods; air and road disasters and as well as bombing and killing of innocent Nigerians in places of worship and human trafficking."
The governor, who noted that even though those shamelessly killing innocent Nigerians were not relenting, expressed optimism that security agencies would soon bring to a halt incidences of crimes and criminality in different parts of the country.
Earlier, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Chukwuma Nwazunku, who stated that the purpose of their visit was to felicitate with the governor on the Christmas and New Year celebrations, promised that the lawmakers would continue to partner the government to improve the living standards of the people.