By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, has said that the numerous challenges confronting Nigeria as a country would be surmounted if the operators of the nation’s governance uphold justice, equity and integrity.
Ajakaye advised that leadership at all levels must embrace transformation and genuine renewal of attitude to bring the country up to the standard the founding fathers set prior to Independence on the 1st of October,1960.
The Cleric made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti,the Ekiti State capital on Thursday in ommemoration of the Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
In the Bishop’s statement entitled: ‘Nigeria at 60: Time For Sincere Transformation, Genuine Renewal’, the Cleric applauded Nigerians for making sacrifices for the stability of the nation.
He urged all the citizens to perceive the project called Nigeria as a collective one that must not fail, for the nation to rise to stardom in terms of development .
The Catholic Bishop urged those at the helms of affairs to do self -reexamination and review the past and present development focus to prepare ahead of the future, which he stated the citizens expected to be more prosperous and comfortable than what is obtainable now.
The statement read: “To God be all the glory for Nigeria and Nigerians yesterday, today and tomorrow. As we celebrate our 60 years of existence as people of an independent country, Nigeria, I greet and salute all Nigerians for the journey so far.
‘Today is the anniversary of yesterday, while tomorrow is the celebration of today.’ In this light, I would like to appeal to all Nigerians, including those at the helms of affairs in the different strata of governance in Nigeria, to use this special occasion of Nigeria at 60 for thorough self-examination, stocktaking, review.
“All Nigerians are to be genuinely united more than ever before and begin to find solid and lasting solutions to our numerous problems bedeviling us as a people. We are to join hands together to help our Nigeria reach the heights and the plans God wishes the country to be.
Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must continue to uphold justice, integrity and equity in order to achieve concrete and meaningful development.
“Let us reduce rhetoric and blame game, face the realities of life and do things honourably. The fact is if we do not do things rightly, things will not be right with us, both individually and collectively. We must be responsible citizens of Nigeria”.