Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Nigerian Red Cross Society has charged Nigerian politicians to emulate the virtues of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Anambra state Chapter of the organization stated this during this year’s anniversary of the society.
In his address entitled the “seven fundamental Principles” which is the theme of this year’s anniversary, the state chairman of the chapter , Justice Paul Obidigwe ,retired, noted that President Jonathan had moved Nigeria up to join the league of civilized democracies by accepting the electoral victory of General Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28 general elections.
Obidigwe who was represented on the occasion by his Vice Chairman, Professor Peter Katchy, said “ sequel to the peaceful conduct and acceptance of the presidential poll, Nigeria has become a reference point, torchbearer and role model to the rule of law and democratic principles in the comity of nations of the world.
“We therefore urge all the politicians to guard this victory jealously by emulating President Jonathan’s sacrifice to save the country.”
The organization asked politicians and Nigerians alike to avoid conduct that would obliterate “this present enviable global democratic position of Nigeria.”
It maintained that President Jonathan would be continuously remembered as a man of peace who wished his country well and desired a united Nigeria.
“At the end of his tenure, it would be said of him: Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, a patriot , man of peace and honour, was there”, the society stated.
In his speech, the state commissioner for Health , Dr Joseph Akabuike, commended the Nigerian Red Cross society for its selfless service to humanity.
The commissioner who represented the state governor , Chief Willie Obiano , said the state government would continue to partner with the society to maximize humanitarian services to the people.
Akabuike who enumerated the innovations the state had brought to the health-care system in recent times, pledged to take the message of the society to the governor, especially their request for an operational vehicle to enable them function better.
The seven fundamental principles as enunciated in this year’s theme of the anniversary are: Humanity , impartiality, neutrality, independence , Voluntary service, unity and universality.