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Nigeria @ 55: Still a Long Walk to Freedom – Joe Okei-Odumakin

Joe Okei-Odumakin

[Image: Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Campaign for Democracy (CD)

Press Release – The Campaign for Democracy sends greetings to Nigerians on another milestone anniversary of the Independence of our dear country Nigeria. It is a milestone because the nation has attained 55 years of Independence from Colonial Rule.

But beyond the  celebration and goodwill messages that usually characterize this kind of significant moment, the Campaign for Democracy sees today as an avenue for us as Nigerians to reflect on where we are as a nation, so as to collectively chart a way forward for ourselves as a people.

There is no doubt that in the last 55 years of our Independence, our country has   sunk in pandemic  corruption, social  crises  and economic dilapidation all of which have made the living standard of our people to be on the decline year in, year out. Our much respected values of patriotism and uncompromising emphasis on integrity and honesty have been thrown to the winds by the corrupt elements that have at one time or the other been saddled with the responsibilities of leadership at various levels in our country. Education is in practical ruins, just like critical infrastructures are in shambles with healthcare almost in peril.

Security of lives and property is no longer guaranteed as the image of lawlessness is seen everywhere, even among our law enforcement agents. Nigerians live in frustration, agony hopelessness, misery, pain and suffering. Almost 80 percent of Nigerians today live in abject poverty while a few cliques are super rich at the detriment of the downtrodden.

Nigerian youths are continuously faced with an uncertain future because of the greediness of a very few, that are privilege to be leaders.

Meanwhile, Nigeria is our country and there is no other place to call our home other than Nigeria. The time has now come for us as Nigerians to re-build our country because every problem no matter how difficult has a life span.

We call on government at all levels to make the welfare of Nigerians a top priority and earnestly begin a process of rebuilding hope that is nearly lost in the minds of Nigerians. We also demand that the government must do all within its power to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted Chibok school girls just like every other women and children in captivity of terrorists in the North East zone of the country. 

It is also an auspicious occasion to demand an end to all forms of violence against women in Nigeria.

We can only hope that the dreams of our founding fathers come into realization and that is the only guarantee that Nigerians will have real reason, to be FREE from social economic slavery that they have continued to live in, despite the 55 years of our Nation’s freedom.

Long live Nigeria.

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin

President, Campaign for Democracy (CD)

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