By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”ABIA state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji yesterday, joined many other eminent Nigerians to call on the striking university teachers to return to the class room, saying that the long strike has caused â€œdreams and aspirations to be on holdâ€.
Orji in his 49th Independent anniversary message, also urged Nigerians to renew their faith in the Nigerian project, saying â€œwe do not have any other place to call homeâ€. The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Chris Akomas also called on Nigerians to pray for their leaders.
â€œI would be unrealistic if I should say that all is well with Nigeria. I admit that we have series of problems we are grappling with at the moment. I however would like to solicit that we continually uphold our leaders in prayer for Godâ€™s continuous guidance and direction.
â€œAdministering a country as populous, multi-cultural and multi-religious as Nigeria is no mean feat. it can only take the grace of God for a leader to sustain the respect and admiration of the followers in a country like Nigeria.
â€œLet me therefore use this opportunity to call on our striking university lecturers to return to their class rooms in the spirit of the celebration of the independence of our great nation, four months is a very long time for our universities to be shut,” Orji said