Atiku, Dog­ara, oth­ers hope for bet­ter Nige­ria

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Muideen Olaniyi, Ibrahim Kabiru Sule, Jud­dLeonard Okafor & Saawua Terzungwe

For­mer Vice Pres­i­dent, Atiku Abubakar has called for na­tional unity, progress, peace and na­tion-build­ing as Nige­ria marks its 55th in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary to­mor­row.

In a state­ment re­leased by his Media Of­fice in Abuja, the for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent said “Nige­ri­ans de­serve a pat on the back for their suc­cess and per­se­ver­ance in pre­serv­ing the coun­try since in­de­pen­dence de­spite the stresses and strains of na­tion­hood.”

Also, the Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara in his in­de­pen­dence mes­sage said Nige­ria has con­tinue to record im­prove­ments in key ar­eas, which gives hope of bet­ter days ahead.

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a state­ment by his media aide, Tu­raki Has­san, that although Nige­ria is fac­ing mul­ti­far­i­ous chal­lenges, nonethe­less the coun­try has wit­nessed sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in some ar­eas.

The Speaker said that when com­pared with other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, Nige­ria is far left be­hind in many ar­eas and is ranked among the low­est in the hu­man de­vel­op­ment in­dex, but ex­presses hope that “happy times will be here again.”

Also, na­tional leader of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) Og­bon­naya Onu yesterday said as Nige­ria marks its In­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary, the coun­try is well po­si­tioned to build a great na­tion in the fu­ture.

Onu, who spoke at the 2015 Igbo day cel­e­bra­tion of Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) chap­ter, un­der­pinned the coun­try’s hu­man and ma­te­rial re­sources as enough to see her reach the Promised Land.

In its in­de­pen­dence mes­sage by the Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Dr Kay­ode Obe­mbe, the Nige­rian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion said Nige­ria’s fail­ure to score any im­pres­sive mark has kept it lowly on in­dices of global hu­man de­vel­op­ment and health.

In a state­ment yesterday, the NMA said the coun­try had never lacked ef­fec­tive rec­om­men­da­tions, but poor lead­er­ship and im­ple­men­ta­tion have been re­spon­si­ble for the unin­spir­ing sta­tus in the global de­vel­op­ment cir­cle.

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) on its part has ap­pealed to Nige­ri­ans to use the oc­ca­sion of the na­tion’s In­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary to rekin­dle the spirit of pa­tri­o­tism.

The PDP in a state­ment by the Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Chief Olisa Me­tuh yesterday, urged Nige­ri­ans to ex­hibit ac­tions that pro­mote demo­cratic ideals and peace­ful co-ex­is­tence at all lev­els in the coun­try.

Also, gover­nors elected on the plat­form of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) have called on Nige­ri­ans to use the oc­ca­sion of Nige­ria’s in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary to re­flect on the coun­try’s past and work to­wards build­ing the na­tion.

A state­ment by co­or­di­na­tor of the Fo­rum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu on be­half of Gover­nor of Ondo State and chair­man of the Fo­rum, Oluse­gun Mimiko, said that the sig­nif­i­cance of the day lied in the fact that it binds all Nige­ri­ans into one chord not only within the coun­try but also in the Di­as­pora.

Also, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives leader, Femi Gba­jabi­amila in a state­ment yesterday by his media aide, Olare­waju Smart, said: “As a coun­try we have come through our own rough history and now on a new path to na­tional re­birth.”

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