As Nigeria celebrate 60th years of her emancipation from the British Colonial masters. The former Abia State former governor, now senator representing Abia North, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has penned down why Nigeria needs to stand together and stronger.
The senate chief whip, in his congratulatory message to Nigerians Nigeria’s strength lies in her ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, hence the country needs to stand united against all odds.
The statement read;
“As we mark Nigeria’s diamond jubilee, it is imperative for Nigerians, regardless of colour, tribe, religion and political affiliation, as individuals and as a people to reflect on the past in a bid to forge ahead.
“Nigeria’s independence was granted in 1960 with the support of Nigeria’s founding fathers: Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Nnamdi Azikwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and others.
The ideals and exemplary leadership qualities of these founding fathers must be embraced by leaders at all levels to achieve greatness in the land.
“Nigeria’s strength lies in her ethnic, cultural and religious diversity. A nation with over 200 million people and over 250 ethnic groups, Nigeria is blessed and as such, Nigerians must remain resilient, steadfast and united for us to achieve the desired greatness.
“No doubt, as a heterogeneous nation, there will always be challenges. We must shun divisive tendencies by promoting the common goal of building a prosperous nation.
Both the governed and the government have shared responsibility of promoting credible leadership and good governance.
“Nigeria as a nation deserves the best in view of the vast human and material resources at her disposal.
Government cannot do it alone without the support of the teeming populace.
By adhering strictly to the tenets of democracy, the people will have the opportunity to elect credible and responsive leaders.
The federal government , international community, the media, civil society organisations and other stakeholders deserve commendation for their robust efforts in promoting credible elections in Nigeria.
“Nigeria shall prevail.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE NIGERIA !
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (mon),Chief Whip of the 9th Senate
Fmr Governor Abia State.