By G9ija

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu yesterday backed Nigeria to come out stronger from its current challenges.

According to him, all hope is not lost as he urged Nigerians to renew their faith in the country and its leaders. In his message to Nigerians to mark the country’s 60th Independence anniversary, through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Emememka, Ikpeazu assured Abia people that his government would continue to perform and urged them to remain steadfast.

The governor congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders for their contributions to national development. Also yesterday, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), His Grace, Emmanuel Chukwuma, urged Nigerian leaders to give the people better life and eradicate poverty.

According to him, Nigerians have not enjoyed the benefits of nationhood since independence “because at 60 Nigeria is sick”. The cleric spoke after inaugurating the dining hall built by old girls of Anglican Girls Grammar School, Awkunanaw, Enugu.

He said: “There is a need for us to really pray that God will help us overcome the sickness we have. We are ravaged by sickness of insecurity, sickness of corruption, sickness of hunger and others. Nigeria at 60 seems to be crawling. We are supposed to have grown into maturity but bad governance, squandermania and a bad economy have affected us so badly that we seem to be regretting that we may have got our independence early.”

Chukwuma said the country’s constitution had become obsolete and demanded another one that would accommodate the various interests and the needs of the people.