Nige­ri­ans still slaves at 55 – Ayade

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

As long as Nige­ri­ans still de­pend on colo­nial tech­nol­ogy, as far as our lead­ers con­tinue to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion in for­eign lands, steal and stash our money in for­eign lands, we re­main slaves through and through, Gover­nor Ben Ayade of Cross River State said.

He said this in his state­ment to mark the 55th In­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary.

“We have gained demo­cratic in­de­pen­dence but to­day, we are still eco­nomic slaves as long as we feed on im­ported food, live on for­eign fin­ished homes, cloth with im­ported fab­rics, ex­port our crude, im­port re­fined petroleum prod­ucts, im­port our drugs, weapons, tooth pick and even un­der-wears,” he said.

Ayade who took the salute along­side his deputy, Pro­fes­sor Ivara Esu, con­grat­u­lated Nige­ria for at­tain­ing another year, but in­sisted that any po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence with­out eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence is in­de­pen­dence in paral­y­sis.

He urged the school chil­dren that marched at the sta­dium as well as young grad­u­ates not to en­ter­tain fear, but should work hard to de­part from the ways that make the coun­try de­pen­dent.

“For chil­dren and adults alike, we must re­con­struct Nige­ria and restart with en­thu­si­asm. Look no more to the East or West. Look on to God and self so as to cre­ate a new Nige­ria that is truly in­de­pen­dent both in spirit, pol­i­tics and econ­omy”, he said.

He said no na­tion has ever got­ten to her des­ti­na­tion on a roller coaster but that there is great hope and a re­fresh­ing op­ti­mism.

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