As the nation marks its Independence Day on 1st October, 2020, the National Coordinator, Chairman and CEO of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, a Civil Society Organisation, Comrade (Chief) Sheriff Mulade has decried the level of infrastructural decay in Nigeria at 60.
Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, River State on Wednesday 30th Sept, 2020 to mark this year’s edition of the country’s independennce Day, the CEPEJ boss urged the Federal and State Governments to mark every 1st October with foundation laying and or commissioning of landmark infrastructural projects for the benefit of Nigerians.
Chief Mulade noted that as Nigeria celebrates this year’s Independence Day to mark its freedom from its colonial masters as a sovereign Nation, the Federal and State Governments should come up with laudable landmark projects and programmes that Nigerians can be proud of instead of presenting only papers and making political speeches to Nigerians every year without any tangible results.
Chief Mulade who is also the Ibe-soremowei of Ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, used the medium to congratulate all Nigerians for their individual and collective efforts towards uniting the country, and for being an Independent Nation in our God-given fatherland for 60 years now despite some critical challenges confronting our dear Nation Nigeria such as Insecurity, Dwindling Economic, Degradated Environmental and Bad Leadership
He said Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration should be dedicated to the harvest of completed projects that will add value to the lives of the masses. He urged the present administration to use the Nation’s huge financial resources to transform the country into an entity that all Nigerians can be proud of and also fight against all forms of nepotism, god-fatherism and favouritism.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari and his Cabinet for ensuring unity, peace, good governance and prudent management of the nation’s resources in the face of COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Mulade appealed to the Presidency to beef up security in the country, especially to stem the killings in southern Kaduna, indiscriminate attacks, adoption and killing of armless Nigerians by armed bandits and headsmen.
On the current state of corronavirus in Nigeria, Chief Mulade appreciated the NCDC on how the COVID -19 pandemic has been managed despite the economic hiccups experienced by the country in the past years.
Chief Mulade further expressed his pleasure over the fairness in the just concluded Edo State governorship election, adding that freedom to choose a leader is the right of all citizens, and therefore should not be seen as a favour. He urged all Nigerians irrespective of political, ethnic and religious affiliations, to always seek good governance and leadership at all levels of government for a better and well developed Nigeria.
He implored all Nigerians to be peaceful, tolerant and express love for one another so that the change we all seek and hope for can be achieved, as this would draw everyone closer to achieve a common development goal and the re-branding of our country Nigeria. He said, the Independence Day has a great importance in every citizen’s life as it reminds each one that freedom is sacred and that citizens must do everything to ensure that it is not endangered.