By Millicent Umoru-O
After a long struggle, the nationalism and independence movements kicked the British out and Nigeria became an independent state. The region was granted full independence on October 1st, 1960.
Marking the Independence Day, National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr Dickson Akoh felicitates with the President, Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire citizens of Nigeria as we mark 60 years of freedom as a nation.
Dr Akoh said, ‘‘the journey of a nation that is aimed to every development is linked to the psychological development of a child which has to do with, learning how to crawl, stand, falls and stand up again before walking. We as a nation have passed through a lot of teething challenges in terms of security, but for the fact that we remain a united nation show that we are Good People and a Great Nation’’.
He added that, some countries in the world had their independence but at some point got separated, but we as Nigerians, we have our differences and for the fact that we did not allow those differences disunite us, shows that we are making progress.
Dr Akoh stated that, It is a known fact that Nigeria is faced with challenges of insecurity most especially ones posed by Boko Haram, Herdsmen attack, kidnappings and so on, most countries of the world also are faced with pockets of challenges, therefore, all hands must be on deck so as to come up with new innovations in a bid to addressing the security challenges faced in our dear country Nigeria.’’
While applauding Security Agencies as well as the Federal Government for ensuring that the country stays united as we celebrate 60 years of independence, Dr Akoh said ‘government at all levels should go into partnership with relevant individuals as well as stakeholders who are ready and willing to contribute their quota towards the fight against insecurity in the country.
As the saying goes, ‘Security is a collective responsibility’, therefore relevant stakeholders as well as organisations like the Peace Corps of Nigeria, whose mandate is to compliment the efforts of various Security Agencies to deliver on their core mandate should be supported and encouraged. We as stakeholders have a lot to contribute because we are closer to the grassroots, we know the psychology of our youths, we know the kind of organisation they belong to and associate with and we also know that we are more strategically placed being a youth based organisation in Nigeria.
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The National Commandant stressed that, the Corps is ready to work hand in hand with Security Agencies towards addressing the security challenges we are faced with as a nation, urging them to genuinely go into institutional partnership with institutions as well as individuals as that will make their task easier, thereby creating a better and more secured nation.
Dr Akoh therefore appealed to Nigerians to be patient as there is no situation that remains insurmountable, ‘‘we will overcome these challenges with perseverance, patience, Nigerians should understand with the Federal Government that policies and programs are being put in place to address the challenges so that at the end of the day we will come out of the woe’. It is a known fact that, Good things don’t come by easily, hence, all hands must be on deck to collectively fight insecurity as it is the bedrock of our challenges as a nation.
We must understand that, ‘the pains of today are to enable us have the gains for tomorrow, once we have that in mind, we will sure overcome.
Regardless of the challenges we are passing through now as a country, weather its security wise, economic wise, socio-political wise etc. It is a clear indication that our tomorrow will be better. Let us, against the agitation for separation, remain united because the more united we are, the larger we are, the more advancement the society will be in the nearest future.
60 years of great strides, May the Almighty bring peace, prosperity and good governance to our dear country Nigeria as we have no other country to call our own.