Emeka Kalu says Nigeria has not fared well as a nation.
News Rain Nigeria reports that the National Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party Coalition (PDPCO), Chief Emeka Charles Kalu has confirmed that Nigeria has not fared well as a nation that clocked 60 years of existing as an Independent entity.
Kalu On Nigeria 60th Anniversary
Kalu said Nigeria as a country has not made progress by building on the antecedent achieved by the founding fathers that left behind, stressed that instead of the nation to keep moving forward in a progressive manner, the nation had rather been in a retrogressive.
Chief Kalu in his goodwill message to the nation on the occasion of the 60th Independent Anniversary, which was issued and signed by him, which a copy was made available to the News Rain on Friday, stated that the time had come for Nigerians “to wholesomely review where we are coming from, how far we have gone and what direction we must take from here going forward.”
Kalu stated that the nation could not boast of a good educational system as the best driver of any progressive society, adding, “we have not done enough to create the best infrastructure that will guarantee civilization and development.
“We cannot boast of a good economy driven by people-oriented policies to drive growth and human capacity building. We have done nothing to institute a working healthcare system that will guarantee the well being of her citizenry.
“We cannot boast of security that guarantees life and properties to enable investment because Nigeria has become a killing field for unchecked elements that find pleasure in destruction and waste of fellow human’s lives with reckless abandon.
“So, I will not be wrong to say we have not fared well as a nation. But, that does not mean we are out of hope that given the right orientation and leadership frame of mind.”
“But, 60 years down the road, can we say we have progressed well as a nation? Have we made the right headway for a nation that is free for about 60 years? The answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.
“Yes, for the fact that despite our complexity and diversities as a multiethnic nation, we have remained as one nation, albeit, reluctantly; No, for the fact that we have not made progress to build solidly on what was given to us on the platters of gold. In fact, we have retrogressed.” Kalu lamented.