By Ali Abare Abubakar
As Nigeria marks her 54th independence anniversary, a presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Sam Nda-Isiah, has asked Nigerians not to despair as according to him, despite prevailing challenges, “Nigeria will rise again”.
Nda-Isiah stated this in his Independence Day message made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday.
While noting that the tendency has always been for the citizens to despair as the country marks another Independence Day anniversary, the erstwhile chairman of the Leadership newspaper, however said Nigerians indeed have good reasons to despair.
“At independence 54 years ago, our founding fathers dreamed and laboured for a country of freedom and opportunity, a land of wealth and abundance, a nation united and strong in brotherhood and secure in its diversity.
“That dream may seem distant today but it is retrievable. In spite of our current challenges caused mainly by poor and insensitive leadership, we remain among the most endowed and industrious people on the continent and in the world.
“As we mark the country’s independence we must resist the temptation to despair. We must find strength in our rich heritage, value in our common ties, and hope in our future.
“I believe that with God on our side, if we unite and continue to work hard and demand more from our leaders at all levels, we will overcome our current challenges” he stated.