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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged Nigerians to be patient and optimistic, as the country would surely overcome her challenges.
Ekweremadu made the call in his message to Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 57th independence anniversary.
He said that although Nigeria was bedeviled by a myriad of challenges, with a positive mindset and leadership, the country would spring back to reckoning as a true giant of Africa and realise the dreams of the founding fathers.
The lawmaker said: “I am an optimist. As a matter of principle, I prefer to see the positive sides of life without also overlooking the problems also.
“At 57, we have no doubt, had our challenges as a nation. But we have also made progress. We survived a civil war to remain one country.
“The important thing also is that Nigeria remains a nation with unbeatable potentials. All we need is the right attitude and leadership to translate our potentials to greatness.
“Our greatest challenge at the moment is not the economic hardship, biting as it is. Our greatest problem is disunity and disaffection because the country has never been this divided. We need a leadership that sees every part of the country as its constituency, irrespective of different political, ethnic and religious leanings.
“We need a leadership that does justice and equity to all to be able to galvanise and re-launch the nation to the pinnacle of glory. Equity should be tall enough to see the high and far and short enough to see the lowly and weak. Am sure that with that, Nigeria will fly again”.
Ekweremadu, however, emphasised that all those would not happen overnight and therefore sued for patience, prayer, love, unity, and positive attitude among the citizenry.