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Nigeria At 56: Buhari, Eminent Persons Urge Citizens Not To Lose Hope

Nigeria At 56
Posted: Oct 1, 2016 at 4:25 am   /   by   /   comments (6)

As Nigeria celebrates its 56th Independence anniversary today, some eminent personalities have called for people’s confidence in the ability of the country to get over the present economic situation.

This is as the president, Muhammadu Buhari, said the current economic recession was a good thing to have happened to the country at this time.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Senate Matters, Senator Ita Enang at a session with newsmen in his office at the National Assembly yesterday, President Buhari said that rather for Nigerians to agonise over the recession, they should rather celebrate because the current situation is programmed to bring out the best in the people.

The Presidency also denied the notion that the nation was in total recession but insisted that what the country is experiencing is mere “oil recession”.

The President, in another development, said he would continue to pass the buck on the poor state of the Nigerian economy on previous administrations, especially that of former President Goodluck Jonathan because he met nothing on ground to work with when he assumed office in May 2015.

Buhari who was apparently reacting to growing criticisms from Nigerians that he was fond of passing blames, rather than settling down to the business of governance, said it was sometimes necessary for him to emphasise the ineptitude of previous governments so that the youths could also hold them accountable at any point in time.

His accusation covered the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua up till Jonathan, all of whom led the country since May 29, 1999 till 2015 when the Buhari government came in. It was also within that era that oil, being the nation’s economic mainstay sold over $100 dollar per barrel at the international market.

The President said he was not oblivious of the fact that it was the responsibility of government to provide basic infrastructures for the citizenry, but it was embarrassing that for almost two decades when democracy returned to the country, issues of poor power supply, deplorable road network among others, were still recurring problems left unresolved, despite huge funds at the disposal of those at the helm of affairs.

Buhari spoke late Thursday night at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa when he had a conversation with creative youths as drivers of “Change Agent”, including a photo exhibition and book launch in his honour.

“My dear countrymen especially the youth, you have a fantastic country, God has endowed Nigeria with human and material resources.

The United States government also congratulated Nigeria on the Independence anniversary.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry conveyed the congratulatory message on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people in a terse statement made available to State House correspondents yesterday.

The American government expressed confidence that Nigeria was on the path of economic recovery, especially with zeal which Nigerians were using to overcome challenges on ground.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in his independence anniversary massage to Nigerians called for necessary sacrifices on the part of leadership at all levels, irrespective of party affiliation.

Speaker Dogara, in a statement issued on yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said that despite the challenges and difficulties confronting Nigerians, there is every reason for the country to celebrate its independence anniversary.

He however, noted that “the current challenges are not insurmountable because with unity of purpose, commitment, sacrifice, hardwork and patriotism we shall overcome”.

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, expressed optimism that the country was on the path of greatness in spite of its current challenges.

“Yes, there are challenges, but in spite of these challenges, we are confident in the future of Nigeria and the ability of the current managers of the nation to steer it consistently on the path of greatness,” Governor Amosun said.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the eldest son  of the late Prime  Minister Sir Abubakar TafafawaBalewa blamed selfishness and greed among Nigerian leaders for the hardship and crisis being faced by the citizens.

Tafawa Balewa stated this in an exclusive interview with Independent in Bauchi on yesterday while speaking on the 56th Independence anniversary.

He said the late prime Minister and other leaders like Chief Obafemi  Awolowo and Nnamdi Azikiwe were able to record tremendous achievement as well as peace and unity in the country because they all put their selfish interest aside and worked for a greater Nigeria.

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State expressed confidence in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to fix Nigeria.

Tambuwal also maintained that, Nigeria would soon exit the current recession.

Tambuwal spoke to newsmen in Sokoto yesterday shortly after the conduct of two prayer sessions to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary celebrations.

He said: “Nigerians have unshaken confidence in Buhari to salvage Nigeria.

Comments (6)

  • Emmanuel Oluwatobiloba Oct 1, 2016 at 9:26 am Emmanuel Oluwatobiloba


  • Ola Impact Badmus Oct 1, 2016 at 8:57 am Ola Impact Badmus

    We dt need 2 lose hope, hope lose itself 4rm u, give us hope trust 9ija we will take it

  • Oct 1, 2016 at 8:28 am bob c

    Until when we Nigerians shuns greed,trabalism, discrimination and religion fanatism,until when our actions begins to conform with our confession of one Nig.Until that time we Will not know peace and even the corruption will be corrupted. Happy Independence to my country Nig.

  • Chris Nwadike Oct 1, 2016 at 8:04 am Chris Nwadike

    56 years old. how have we faired ? where are we now in the community of nations? are we still giant or dwarf ? are we better or worse???????

  • Oct 1, 2016 at 7:28 am Ogbor patrick oko

    I confirm it through this online employment Issues that is going on but the only blame to the administration is slow

  • Dennis Uzim Oct 1, 2016 at 4:58 am Dennis Uzim

    Congratulations to our dear president & to the entire citizenry of the country as the country clocks 56.

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