However, some of the residents expressed reservations over the social, economic and security challenges including poverty, unemployment, insurgency, kidnapping and violent clashes in parts of the country.
“Political parties also take measures to encourage persons with disabilities to participate in politics.
“There is also the Disability Act that has been passed into law, to give us a sense of belonging, we look foward to its full implementation,” he said.
According to him, the current economic hardship is not peculiar to Nigeria, adding that what is needed at such critical moment is for leaders and followers to show more patriotism by putting selfish interests aside and work for a united and prosperous Nigeria.
Mr Haruna Mustafa, an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), in Gwoza, Borno State, said the successes recorded by the Nigerian military in the campaign against Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgency was worth celebrating.
“We are happy and hopeful that security is improving as such many people are going back to their ancestral homes, they are engaging in farming and other productive activities. By the grace of God things will improve.
“We pray God to help the government of Nigeria, to provide security and enabling environment for us to recover,” Mustafa said.
Mr Ibrahim Baba, a Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Bauchi State University, who corroborated earlier opinion, said Nigeria was still trying to find her feet to be stronger in all spheres of life.
According to him, Nigeria started well as a country because the founding fathers who fought for independence had a vision of one strong, united country.
He said that their vision was tailored towards building a united Nigeria with no racial, tribal, cultural or religious boundaries.
“After 61 years, Nigeria is still behaving like a toddler who is trying to crawl and looking for something to lean on in order to be able to stand.
“That is the situation we find ourselves now,” he said.
On his part, Mr Olubumi Adetoye, a retiree, urged Nigerians and leaders to work collectively towards a stronger and prosperous country.
Adetoye said that things were getting more difficult for the people, goods and services were being sold at extortionate prices due to inflation and unstable economic policies.
“I appeal to political leaders to do the needful. The reason why people are elected into the government is to make life more meaningful for the masses.
“This is our country, we don’t have any other country to call ours. We are one, we will forever be one and I still wish the country well and I wish Nigeria a happy 61st anniversary,” Adetoye said.