By Tony Edike
ENUGU—GOVERNOR Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has enjoined Nigerians to embrace those ideals which unite the citizens and eschew parochial issues that tend to divide the nation.
Governor Chime made the appeal in Enugu in a statement to mark 50 years of Nigeria’s independence.
According to the governor, “as proud inheritors of our dear country, Nigeria, the challenge is for us all to keep the dream of independence alive.
“Let us hold tenaciously to those ideals which unite us than the parochial issues which tend to divide us.”
He also urged Nigerians to demonstrate practical commitment towards taking the country to the next level, in spite of the daunting challenges and the global economic recession.
Said Chime: “When we begin to write the next chapters of Nigerian history leading to its centennial celebration, let it be highlighted that we summoned our indomitable spirit to shape and not fear the future.
“That future of our beloved country is in our hands. Now is, therefore, the time to lay the solid foundation for a better tomorrow.
“Let us begin to envision a Nigeria in the next fifty years which continues to remain united despite its many diversities, a country genuinely committed to the fight to reduce poverty in our land, a country that caters for the downtrodden and the needy, a country where the creativity and industry of every citizen can find its full and free expression and a country where the words of the leaders shall be their bonds.”
The governor paid glowing tributes to the giant strides already recorded and other genuine efforts being made by President Goodluck Jonathan to reposition Nigeria, and pledged his undying commitment to prosper Enugu people and empower them.
“On our part as a government in Enugu State, there is no looking back. We have worked hard to translate critical aspects of our vision into reality, all in a bid to better the lots of our people. ”
“I have an abiding faith in the desire of our people to see Enugu State flourish, and I thank you quite immensely for being our partners in progress. Yet, there is more to do and more will be done,” he said.