National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the 56th independence anniversary of the nation as an opportunity to reflect on ways to rework and strengthen the nation’s political, social and economic foundations.
In a statement issued by his media office in Lagos yesterday, Tinubu urged Nigerians to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the current economic situation in the country as a necessary rite of passage for any nation desirous of greatness.
He said although the nation is not yet where it ought to be at this point in her life, it has witnessed appreciable progress in her 56 years of independence.
The statement reads in part: “Nigeria’s political, social and economic foundations need to be reworked and strengthened.
“Our institutions are not functional enough to deliver on the goals for which they were set up.
“This independence anniversary therefore offers us another opportunity at reflections.
“But beyond that, it demands from us all the sacrifice needed for nation-building and re-commitment to the vision of our nationalists who saw the greatness in this country and worked to advance it.
“The times are tough, no doubt. The reasons are not far-fetched.
“However, the journey to recovery has begun in earnest and I enjoin you all to support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in this journey.
“I ask you all to embark and stay on this journey with us so that we can build up our institutions and our country and indeed our lives again.
“I congratulate all Nigerians and welcome you all to a new and great possibility.”