Dogara stated that 2018 was characterised by insecurity across the country, decline in the economy, and unemployment, all due to poor governance.
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
As Nigerians mark the beginning of a new year, Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged them not despair, but look to the future with optimism and absolute faith in God.
Dogara, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, stated that 2018 was characterised by insecurity across the country, decline in the economy, and unemployment, all due to poor governance. However, he noted that 2019 offers Nigerians a unique opportunity to renew their faith and hope in God and the country, and take full control of their destiny.
“The year 2019 presents a unique opportunity for us to take full control of our nation and our destiny. It is also time for us to take responsibility for our own lives, rekindle the spirit of community and strive towards making Nigeria work again in all its ramifications.
“A democratic government should always depend on its citizens to whom power belongs, as the reverse will only amount to slavery. Hence, we must continue to demonstrate patriotism, cooperation, dedication and resilience in order to overcome our challenges and triumph over the forces of retrogression.
“As the 2019 general elections draw close, I enjoin us all to remain vigilant against anti democratic forces and remain committed to enthroning a government that is sensitive to our yearnings and aspirations. “On our part as lawmakers, we shall continue to work as the central institution of democracy through which the will of the people is expressed, especially as the nation approaches very trying times.
“On behalf of the leadership and the entire members of the House of Representatives, I wish all Nigerians a happy and prosperous New Year even as I pray that God Almighty will lift our nation to greater heights in the New Year,” the speaker stated.