National Assembly leaders recount Nigeria’s achievements at 59

By Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

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Leaders of Nigeria’s National Assembly have used the opportunity of the anniversary of the country’s 59th independence anniversary to recount the country’s achievements since it gained freedom from colonial rule.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed their views while speaking with State House correspondents on Tuesday after the Presidential Change of Guard ceremony at the Forecourt of the Presidential Villa to mark Nigeria’s independence anniversary.

Lawan said that Nigeria has achieved a lot in 59 years despite its challenges and expressed hope that the country would overcome its problems.

Nigeria at 59 has achieved a lot, but we also have some challenges.  This is the way nations evolve normally. 

“While we have achieved so much, we have some challenges which we can surmount. What is required of us is determination of the leadership and the followership in this country.

The President of the Senate said Nigerians were determined and loyal people who would take advantage of the country’s challenges to leap to greatness.

“I also believe that the nation at 59 has come a long way in terms of the unity we have been able to achieve. 

“Some countries have gone through more serious challenges that disunited them, but Nigeria has remained a country that sometimes people may feel bad about certain things, but everybody believes that Nigeria should remain a united and one country. 

“That is what it should be, but for us to enjoy our country, we have to take our country to the next level.” 

Lawan promised that the National Assembly would work to make laws that would ensure the growth of the economy and for better security of lives and property of Nigerians.

He said the legislature was determined to enable Nigeria “to achieve those laudable objectives and goals of our founding fathers and present leadership of the country.”

Worth celebrating

For Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Ghajabiamila, Nigeria’s independence is worth celebrating.

Nigeria is 59 years today; other countries, not as old as 59, they celebrate.  Other countries are 200 years and they are celebrating. 

“Every year is worth celebrating and we have come a long way.  It is not Uhuru yet; we are not there yet, but it is a slow and steady progress.  We will get there.”

Looking forward to Nigerian’s 60th anniversary, the Speaker said “60 years itself is a landmark and I believe our achievements at that time will be landmark too.

Gbajabiamila adds that Nigeria has another year to go and budget is being presented very soon emphasizing that a lot of positive things would still happen between now and 60.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim