Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri urged Nigerians to come together and draw strength from their diversity as the nation heads into 2023.

Fintiri made the charge in a New Year message posted Saturday night by his press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, saying anything is possible for a people with unity of purpose.

“We must avoid those trends that threaten our coexistence, which is the cause of the nation’s problems,” he said, adding: “Whether it is the downturn in the economy or our security situation, the challenges are attributable to ourselves.”

Fintiri said the nation’s challenges are surmountable and advised against creating an octopus that will continue to devour the collective heritage of the people.

He advised that the octopus embedded in what can be traced as bigotry among the diverse people of Nigeria must be brought down for the nation to progress.

He noted that if all Nigerians accept each other as one, the electoral process in 2023 would be peaceful and urged politicians to campaign based on issues rather than a win-at-all-cost tendency.

Addressing the Adamawa people specifically, Governor Fintiri asked them not to give in to the “negatives and skeptics”, vowing to continue to change the narratives and ensure that it leaves Adamawa “more united, more sovereign and more democratic”.

Congratulating the people on witnessing the end of the year and the start of another year, Governor Fintiri challenged them to start by defining for themselves the kind of future they want and contributing positively to achieving it.