REPORTER: PEACE AGBO
As Nigeria marks 63 years of nationhood, the Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has expressed optimism that there are greater days ahead for the country despite her present unpleasant situation.
Speaking at an Independence Day Parade to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary at Government House Umuahia, Governor Otti noted that the country had not made remarkable impact in its journey for transformation.
The Governor described greed, narrow mindedness, desperation for power, unending pillaging of public resources, among others as factors responsible for the country’s downward turn.
He stressed that “it is not late to begin on a new path towards national rebirth.”
According to the Governor, no nation thrives when young people are isolated, expressing regret that Nigeria has lost its best in many fields of endeavor as a result of the “Japa syndrome” (a situation where nigerians leave for other countries for greener pastures)
The Governor, who commended the efforts of the Nigeria fallen heroes for their patriotism, charged Nigerians to water the seeds of nationhood as planted by the country’s forbearers with a selfless commitment to serving the country.
Governor Otti pledged that his administration would continue to build a new Abia State the people would appreciate, Governor.
The event was attended by the state Deputy Governor, state and federal law makers, other top government functionaries as well as security chiefs.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU