AUSTIN OYIBODE, EDITOR
Following the unresolved insecurity, hunger, epileptic power supply and economic downturn in Nigeria, the 2019 presidential candidate of the Alliance for United Nigeria, Angela Johnson, has said that Nigerians have lost hope in the Nigerian state.
In a statement signed by Idumonza Isidahomhen, media aide to Angela Johnson and made available to Emeraldng.com, Johnson said though she is delighted that Nigerians are celebrating Nigeria’s 59th independence anniversary, she reasoned that Nigerians have lost hope in the country.
Besides hunger, insecurity, epileptic power supply and economic downturn, Johnson listed killings of Nigerians and kidnappings as signs of hopelessness for a 59-year-old Nigeria, the self-acclaimed giant of Africa.
Angela Johnson, the presidential candidate of the Alliance for United Nigeria, AUN, said she is delighted to join patriotic Nigerians all over the world in celebrating in the country’s 59th Independence celebration.
Though she is still of the belief that hope is not completely lost in Nigeria, she said God still loves Nigeria and that there is hope that things will change for the better.
She bemoaned the prevailing abuse of governance through disobedience to court orders by government officials, growing local and foreign debts with no corresponding uplift in standard of living, dysfunctional education and health system, politicizing minimum wage and inability to enthrone food sufficiency for all Nigerians.
However, she said: “We must all collectively allow our patriotic spirit to drive our attitudes in the face of multi-ethnic and religious uprisings as we can only achieve our objective as one indivisible country.
“At 59, we should begin to see the unity of the country as non-negotiable; a country that has become indivisible. As citizens, we should therefore think less about tribal and religious differences and think more about the harmony and progress of the country.
“I call for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs. We should live in peace and avoid any form of violence.
“As a matter of fact, at 59 years of age, Nigerians should also grow beyond ethnic war songs. Hence, ethnic associations and groups beating ethnic war drums should discontinue. Such tendencies have no meaningful contribution to the desired prosperity of the country.
“We should also leverage on the 59th Independence event to pray for God’s intervention in the affairs of the nation. Alliance for United Nigeria, AUN, remains committed to ushering only a people oriented government that is responsive to the needs of the governed in the years ahead through the enablement of Nigerians.
“May the good Lord bless Nigeria people in particular and Nigerians in general on this momentous period of 59th Independence celebration.”