By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
As the nation marks its 60th independence anniversary celebration today, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has pleaded with Nigerians not to despair, urging them instead to hope for a better future as the nation.
The PDP made the appeal in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday.
The main opposition party expressed sadness that Nigerians are celebrating on a despairing mood due to the social, economic and security challenges that have confronted the nation in the last five years.
The party urged citizens to keep hope alive and continue to work for unity, stability and progress of the country.
The PDP described as depressing that while the nation had earlier attained lofty heights in all spheres such an in the economy, commerce, industry, education, healthcare, human capital, infrastructural developments, living standards, democratic reforms and national cohesion, those gains have been eroded in the last five years.
The PDP, in its statement, said, “”It is indeed disheartening that whereas October 1 date signposts the sacrifices of our heroes past in the quest for national freedom as well as our collective determination to live harmoniously, engender good governance and succeed as one people under a democratic rule, such pursuits have been undermined by five years of a divisive, repressive, retrogressive, corrupt and incompetent administration.
“It is equally lamentable that under five years, the gains achieved as well as our pride as an independent nation, have all been reversed by thoughtless policies including the mortgaging of our nation’s sovereignty to foreign interests through loans and utter neglect of our productive sector, leading to the wrecking of our once robust economy and turning of our nation into the poverty capital of the world; a situation that has reduced our once happy citizenry to a life of despondency and misery.