Nigerians must continue to give all glory to the Almighty God for holding the country together as one. Therefore we have every reason to celebrate, in spite of the numerous challenges we are facing as a nation. Good leadership and institutions remain the best option for the country to move forward.
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The Independence Day is a day that calls for a sober reflection for every Nigerian. We need to protect our democracy jealousy. We all must sustain the unity and peace of Nigeria, knowing that when there is no peace, there cannot be a path to socio-economic and political development and no improvements in the life and welfare of ordinary Nigerians.
There is also need to plead with President Muhammadu Buhari and his economic team to tackle the economic hardship in the country and also not to betray the trust and enormous goodwill upon which this government rode to power, hence the need for all of us to be involved in good governance.
As Robert Schuller said, “tough times don’t last, but tough people do,” we cannot continue to lament over our lost opportunities. As individuals and people, we need to find concrete solutions our series of problems and march on strongly without prejudice to what the present government is up to. The government still needs to take steps to tackle the pains and sufferings of Nigerians by dealing with high cost of foodstuff, irregular supply of electricity, poor infrastructure, not-too-good roads, poor state of health and school facilities, the alarming rate of unemployment in our society, the spate of killings, violence and insecurity across the country traumatizing he hapless citizenry, among others. In addition, the unending criminalities arising from corruption, killings, cultism, rape, kidnappings, armed robbery, poverty, unemployment, hopelessness, ailing economy, unfulfilled electoral promises, decay in socio-infrastructure among others, hovering over the country should be checked urgently, for there to be sustainable peace, stability, justice and fairness without which there can be no meaningful development and good governance.
As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, political parties, political class, the INEC and the security agencies must learn to ensure good performances.
► Prophet Timothy Abass Arabambi is the Assistant General Evangelist, CAC Worldwide and General Overseer, CAC Reformation Land, Ibadan, Nigeria