The ruling party also praised the President for his humility and candour, which it noted, were hallmarks of statesmanship.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP said that President Jonathan responded wisely to the wishes of Nigerians by setting up a National Conference Committee, led by Dr. Femi Okurounmu to fashion out its framework and modalities.
He added: “We are pleased that the President listens and leaves Nigerians in no doubt that their opinions matter. We recall that he bowed to the wishes of Nigerians on the deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry and we also recall that the wishes of Nigerians have been his compass in crucial measures so far taken to contain terrorism in parts of the country.”
Metuh also hailed the President’s “rare humility in acknowledging teething national challenges”, saying these attributes have also reflected in the ways he had responded to the country’s security challenges.
Urging Nigerians to rise up to the challenge of national revival, the PDP spokesman said the assertion by Mr. Jonathan that “ordinary folks and not politicians make a nation”, should provoke a sober reflection.
He added: “The admission by the President that it is not easy for Nigerians to keep believing in the possibilities of our greatness when our faith is constantly challenged, brings to the fore the humanity and humility of a committed leader and the imperative on the part of both the leaders and the led to renew commitment to nation building as the only assured course to victory”.