The ability of government at all levels to undertake elaborate celebration of the nation’s independence Day on October 1 as was done in time past may be killing the patriotic zeal of Nigerians.
This is the assertion of a Port Harcourt-based management consultant and public affairs analyst, Dr Emmanuel Iruayenama.
While exchanging views with The Tide in Port Harcourt, Dr Iruayenama recalled that the nation day celebration was the occasion that gave Nigerians the opportunity not only to commemorate the attainment of nationhood but also to honour the heroes and heroines of the nationalism struggle with a view to sustaining and building upon the victory won.
“It was a day that many looked up to; it was a day that gave people the opportunity to actually reflect on the essence of our coming together as a nation. October 1 was a day we looked at our heroes past, it was a day we remembered our nationalists and how we got tour independence, he said, adding that the reduced emphasis on day as a evident in the low keyed celebration for a number of years was tantament to breaking of the bond between us and those that have governed us”.
According to Dr Iruayenama who is also a chartered arbitrator, the October 1 occasion could not play second fiddle to any other occasion in our national life as it is more central and priotal to the much needed unity and stability of the country.
“It has reduced patriotism to a large extent. The looking up to October 1 was a stimulant to patriotism. A lot of people remembered that ‘yes you are Nigerians, he said, insisting that undue priority on such occasions as inauguration Day and Democracy Day was deviatory the focus of Nigerians.
Consequently, he advised the Federal Government to redirect the attention of Nigerians to the unity achieved through the struggle of the heroes past and the need to ensure that the founding fathers did not fight in vain by celebration of the Independence Day with all the fun-fare, pomp and pageantry it deserved.
Accordingly, he commended Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and the Christ Embassy Church for maintaining a carnival-like celebration of October 1 for many years now, not only in Nigeria but the world over.
Let me take this opportunity to commend Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and his church that have kept the faith for the past years. For me, they are the only persons that have maintained or remembered where we are coming from, as it is, where we are, he said while urging other Nigerians to borrow a leaf from them.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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