The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called for sober reflection and return to the path of true federalism as envisioned by the founding fathers in order to move the nation forward.
The Senator, who stressed the need for justice, peace, and unity, once more, urged the Federal Government to mobilise all capable hands to salvage the nation’s ailing economy, as there was hunger in the land.
Ekweremadu stated these in his 56th Independence Anniversary message to Nigerians.
He said: “This 56th Independence Anniversary calls for sober reflection. No people can make progress, unless they retrace their steps back to where the rain started beating them.
“Nigeria, at formation, had a building plan, which was based on true federalism as covenanted by our founding fathers at various conferences leading up to independence. For as long as we followed that plan, we prospered.
“But, once we discarded the building plan, dissembled the inherited structures and legacies and began to undermine the fabrics of equity, justice, balance, healthy competition, and economic prosperity that was ingrained therein, we charted our route to the current perdition”.
Ekweremadu, however, assured that Nigeria would bounce back faster if immediate steps were taken to unite the country, getting the best hands on deck, irrespective of wherever they are found.
“I am afraid, true prosperity may continue to elude us as a nation unless we restore the basis of the union as agreed upon by the founding fathers, also taking into cognisance the experience of the last 56 years.
“There are no two ways about it, for what a people sow, that is exactly what they will reap”, he stressed.
The Senator further asked the executive arm to harken to the resolution of the Senate not to sell the nation’s assets.
“It must perish the thought; we must not eat our future to gratify the present.
“What other countries have done is to make the sacrifices, putting the right people and policies in place to make the future better for the coming generations”, he added.
Ekweremadu wished Nigerians a happy independence anniversary, assuring that with prayer and concerted efforts by all, the future would be brighter.
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