As Nigeria and indeed Nigerians celebrate the country’s 55th independence anniversary, members of the House of Representatives have insisted that there was so much to celebrate despite the socio-economic, political and security challenges confronting the country.
Lawmakers, who spoke to Nigerian Pilot Sunday, said at 55, there was much the country and her leaders could celebrate despite some obvious setbacks.
Hon. Nkiruka Onyejeocha (PDP, Abia) extolled the Nigerian nation and her leaders for the attainment of 55 years of nationhood, adding that the democratic experience in the past few years had been wonderful.
She used the occasion of the 55th anniversary to call for the widening of the political space by politicians as well as creation of a conducive political climate for women to contest elections.
The parliamentarian was of the view that Nigeria should go and revive those norms that held the society together, adding that “we must have gotten it wrong somewhere to be facing some challenges now.”
In his reaction, Hon Rapheal Nnanna Igbokwe (PDP, Imo) urged the House to congratulate Nigeria on attainment of 55 years and called on his colleagues to pass a vote of confidence on the leadership of the House.
The lawmaker also urged the House to always uphold the rule of law and ensure that no branch of government is allowed to undermine the other.
Igbokwe further enjoined all Nigerians to live in peace and harmony as a mark of the attainment of this milestone.
Hon. Nnenna Elendu Ukeje (PDP Abia) stated that the citizens had been yearning for a better future and called on the leaders to be selfless and patriotic while discharging their duties.
She added that both present and past leaders, who fought gallantly for Nigeria’s independence, should be commended on this independence anniversary.
Hon. Kadija Bukar Ibrahim (APC, Yobe) stated that Nigeria should celebrate her attainment of 55years of nationhood as a milestone.
She added that although tribe and tongue might differ, adding that “in brotherhood we stand.”
Other lawmakers, who spoke glowingly about Nigeria’s achievements at 55 include Beni Lar (PDP, Plateau); Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu) and Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta).
It would be recalled that last week Thursday, Nigeria celebrated its 55th independence anniversary amidst low-key.


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