By Ifeanyi Ochonogor
Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has saluted Nigerians on the occasion of the 59th Independence anniversary of our dear country.
In an Independence Anniversary message, the party commended the citizens for their resilience in standing up for the unity and survival of the nation despite the daunting challenges.
The PDP urged Nigerians to keep hope alive and not surrender to despondency in the face of the excesses, impunity and recklessness of retrogressive forces in high places seeking to undermine our national cohesion, freedom of our citizens as guaranteed by the constitution as well as emasculate the will and aspiration of Nigerians as a people.
The PDP noted that the October 1 date remains an undying signpost of the freedom and unity as a nation. It reminds of the roots of the country’s national cohesiveness; the sacrifices of her heroes and their determination to live harmoniously and succeed as one people, in all spheres of human endeavours; a national distinctiveness for which they are known and respected all over the world.
The party celebrated the resilience and industry of Nigerians in various fields within and outside the shores of the country as well as the fortitude displayed by her citizens to remain united despite the odds.
The PDP stated that it however notes that it is indeed depressing that after 59 years of independence and efforts by patriotic Nigerians in nurturing democratic practice and tenets, the last four years have experienced a complete retrogression to primordial division, impunity, constitutional and human rights violations, assault on institutions of democracy, disobedience to court orders, electoral malpractices and governance by a cabal.
“In the same vein, in the last four years, our nation has been faced with the challenge of falling from being one of the fastest growing economies and home to world’s happiest people to become world’s poverty capital with a citizenry confronted by misery, insecurity, escalated violence, bloodletting, kidnapping, banditry and worsened insurgency.”
The PDP however expressed optimism that the nation will eventually come out of the woods and urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the independence anniversary to rekindle their commitment towards the unity, stability and development of their fatherland, especially as they collectively await the retrieval of their stolen Presidential mandate at the Supreme Court.
The party urged leaders at all levels to be committed and sacrificial in the discharge of their duties and desist from empty promises, rhetoric and propaganda, as Nigerians look up to them for solutions.
The PDP consequently prayed for the stability of the nation and wished Nigerians Happy Independence celebrations.