Nigerians still slaves at 55 – Ayade
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.