REPORTER: ALFRED AJAYI
A political affairs analyst, Chief Chidozie Ezeugwa, says Nigeria would have become history but for the mercy and grace of God, which have taken her through the thick and thin of nationhood.
Speaking on the 62nd Independence anniversary of the country, Chief Ezeugwa noted that Nigeria had gone through several challenges, some of which were capable of causing division, but had survived them all due to the love of God for the nation.
“If you see the challenges this nation has been through, you will know that it is only the grace and mercy of God that is keeping us.
“From Independence, the road had been rough dotted with some self-imposed problems, including bad leadership.
“In-fact many countries which did not see what we have seen are no longer together,” he stated.
According to Chief Ezeugwa, “having gone this far, Nigerians must at this point face the truth and work towards genuine unity and peace by accommodating all ethnic nationalities whether they are called majority or minority.”
He appealed to those in positions of authority to shun divisive tendencies that could further polarize the nation and worsen the precarious security situation, but to work assiduously towards evolving an egalitarian and prosperous nation every citizen would be proud of.
The political analyst, while condemning the call for disintegration, stressed the need to give Nigeria a new structure backed up by a constitution all Nigerians could call theirs.
“I don’t subscribe to the call for disintegration. But Nigeria must be restructured and it must begin with our constitution. It must be rewritten and owned by every Nigeria.
“What we currently have was imposed on us by the military juntas. Nigerians from every nationality must come to round table to genuinely agree to remain together in a country all will be accommodated,” Chief Ezeugwa insisted.
In his view, 2023 general election presents another opportunity to put Nigeria on the path of recovery and restoration at all levels of government by electing credible leaders, who will reverse the destructive political and socio-economic indices of the country.
“Nigeria is on the brink of collapse economically and we are still not doing well even politically.
“I appeal to Nigeria to set aside religious and ethnic differences and vote for persons of proven integrity, who will pull the nation back from the economic doom we have found ourselves.
“It serves none of us no good that this country is allowed to go dow the drain,” Chief Ezeugwa concluded.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU