Honourable Shina Peller, a representative for the Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal district in the House of Representatives, has advised Nigerians to take advantage of the country’s unity in diversity because that is where Nigeria’s strength lies.
Hon. Peller made this request in his message of goodwill to Nigerians on the occasion of the country’s 62nd Independence Day.
In a similar vein, the federal legislator argued that youth must be given the proper political climate and opportunity to take on leadership roles in the country, noting that youth constituted the majority of those in power when Nigeria attained independence.
The federal lawmaker from Oke-Ogun questioned why Nigerian youngsters were not in positions of leadership 62 years after independence.
The statement read:
“I join fellow compatriots, home and abroad, in observing Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary, which symbolizes our existence as a sovereign nation.
“Every October 1st should serve as an opportunity for us to reflect deeply on the genesis of Nigeria as a sovereign nation to identify our shortcomings as well as our strengths and create a new functional system that will make the existing failed system obsolete.
“Despite all the challenges we face as a nation, including insecurity, high unemployment, economic volatility, corruption, a failed educational system, poor leadership, and citizenship, to mention a few, we still have so much to be hopeful for as a country, especially as we are set to witness another transition in government come 2023.
“In reality, Nigeria requires a government that is primarily composed of patriotic, creative, innovative, and ever-resilient youths who can think outside the box, create a functional system and build a Nigeria that all, particularly the future generations, will be very proud of.
“When we reflect on our existence as a sovereign nation, we must remember that the majority of those in positions of power at the time Nigeria gained independence were young. So if this was the case, then why is it that Nigerian youths are not the ones leading today? It means that something is amiss and needs to be urgently addressed. Youth should be encouraged and given the chance to take charge.
“Importantly, as we mark our country’s 62nd Independence anniversary, we should not forget that in our diversity lies our strength. We should leverage this and work in accord towards making our country better irrespective of our ethnic, political, or religious affiliation.