5th October, 2010
A chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN in Lagos State, Nigeria, Otunba NiyiÂ Raheem has faulted the spending of about N10 billion by the Federal Government toÂ celebrate the nationâ€™s 50th Independence anniversary.
Raheem who is a House of Representatives aspirant for theÂ Agege Federal Constituency saidÂ that the country has little or nothing to celebrate in 50 years, adding that rather thanÂ dissipate energy on the celebration, the period should have been used for soberÂ reflection.
According to Raheem, â€œAfter 50 years of independence, we have little or nothing to showÂ as our achievement as a nation. Instead of celebrating and wasting public funds, weÂ shouldÂ reflect on where we went wrong as a nation and see what we can do to correctÂ theÂ abnormality”.
â€œNigeria remains a nation with huge potentials for greatness; we should reflect on how weÂ can put the country on the path of true greatness,â€ he advised.
Raheem who saluted the vision of the founding fathers of the country lamented thatÂ successive years of misrule had robbed the country of its position in the comity ofÂ nations.
He stated that every citizen should be involved in the task of taking the country to theÂ next level of greatness, adding that the 2011 elections should be used as anotherÂ opportunity to attain greatness for the country.
â€œIf the labour of our heroes past would not be in vain, then every one of us shouldÂ reflect on what roles to play in the task of building a truly great nation with anÂ enduring democracy,â€ he said.