29th September, 2010
As Nigerians prepare for the celebration of the nationâ€™s golden jubilee, a Lagos councilÂ chairman has identified misunderstanding, lack of patriotism and absence of nationalÂ ideology as the major challenges facing the country.
Honourable Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon, Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area ofÂ Lagos State, South West Nigeria, has said in a special message, calling on Nigerians toÂ consider the period of celebrating the nationâ€™s independence anniversary as a specialÂ moment of sober reflection, rather than a time to engage in unnecessary spending.
Sulaimon noted that the moment should be used for stock taking as well as one duringÂ which concerted effort is made at deepening democracy.
While saying that the political class may have been contributed to the rot in theÂ society, he urged Nigerians to use the period to make resolutions to contribute theirÂ quota to building a nation that all would be proud of, emphasising that nation buildingÂ is not a job for a select few.
â€œThis period should be one during which we will agree to stop the drift into the abyss.Â It becomes worrisome when you see that our democracy is still toddling behind of otherÂ African nations, yet we call ourselves the giant of Africa,â€ the council chief fondlyÂ called Oris, said while expressing gratitude to the people of Bariga for their support atÂ all times, urging them to continue to give him their blessing as he forges ahead in hisÂ political ambition.