54th Independence Anniversary: Nigerians speak
A cross section of Nigerians on Wednesday said Nigeria's 54th Independence anniversary was worth celebrating because “we are still a united nation” in spite of the numerous challenges. Other citizens, however, said
that the atmosphere was not ripe for celebration due to insurgency in
parts of the country and the Chibok girls, among other challenges.
A PDP member in Kogi, Mr
Adelodun Obaseki, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja that
“Nigerians have every reason to celebrate as in spite of all odds, God
has always been by our side”.
Obaseki pointed out the level
of developments that the country had experienced in the last few decades
as some of the reasons for celebration.
He noted that the PDP had
proved itself to be a party that all Nigerians should embrace through
its infrastructural developments in all aspects of national life through
the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Another resident, Mr Salaudeen
Mohammed, however, said that there was need for sobriety because of the
security challenges threatening the country.
“What are we celebrating when
over 200 Chibok girls are still being held captive by insurgents in the
North, with killings and kidnappings in the South?”he asked.
He noted that the nation still suffered epileptic power supply, massive youth unemployment, corruption and persistent strikes.
“Just give me a reason why we
should celebrate when at 54, Nigeria still depends on importation of
domestic goods, building materials and many other things,”said
He, however, advised political
leaders and governments at all levels to shun corruption and work for
the betterment of our nation.
A taxi driver, Mr Samuel Elian,
lamented the poor condition of the state and federal roads across the
country, saying it was a cause for concern.
He enjoined the various tiers
of government to do the needful to restore people's confidence in the
polity by delivering the benefits of independence.
Aprivate legal practitioner in
Abuja, Mr Ibrahim Tola, called for the construction of quality road
network across the country and the provision of educational facilities,
healthcare service, agricultural inputs and improved electricity supply,
among other basic social amenities and infrastructure.
Acivil servant, Mrs Eletta
Awoniyi, said Nigeria should celebrate the sustained unity of the nation
at 54 in spite of the various ills bedevilling the country.
She urged Nigerians to set
aside religious, political and tribal differences, and embrace unity and
peace which were needed to surmount the security challenges facing the
“Nigerians should join hands in
the spirit of oneness and support our President Goodluck Jonathan in
the fight against the enemies of our nation,” she urged.