By Emmanuel Nzomiwu – Correspondent Awka
As the country marked its 54th anniversary on Wednesday, two pro-Igbo groups, Umuada Igbo and Umuigbo United Assembly (UUA), have expressed happiness with the journey so far.
Speaking with journalists in Awka, the Anambra State capital, President-General of Umuada Igbo Nigeria and Diaspora, Lolo Kate Ezeofor, said in spite of daunting challenges, the country was moving gradually in the right direction.
Ezeofor particularly praised the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan for doing well, with all the distractions, especially the threat posed to security of lives and property, as well as unity of the nation by insurgency in the Northern part of the country.
She said Umuada Igbo were fully in support of the President and his transformation agenda, and were ready to contribute their quota to ensure that he succeeds.
“The journey is moving gradually and President Goodluck, with all distractions, is doing well. You can see improvement all over the place. In infrastructure, we have an international airport in Enugu and there are many women in the ministries as ministers and they are doing well. We are happy for them,” Ezeofor said.
Also in Awka, President-General, UUA, Evangelist Raphael Chukwudulom Nwadavid, congratulated Nigeria for being 54 years.
“I think a child of 50 years is matured to know what he wants. So, Nigerians should be mature to know what they want. And I want to thank Mr. President for the man that designed the Nigerian flag. He gave him a lifetime salary. So, it is a welcome idea. It will encourage people to contribute more ideas,” Nwadavid said.
He however called on all the leaders in Nigeria to come together and fight corruption in the country.
Noting that corruption is what has held Nigeria down today, Nwadavid regretted that those in elected positions are interested in themselves and not in any other person.
On how to curb the insecurity in the country, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency, he suggested that all Nigerians should join hands together to fight the cankerworm.
“We should not leave it for the President alone. The governors of the Northern states should support the Federal Government and fight insecurity in their region. Government should fish out sponsors of Boko Haram,” he said.
Nwadavid challenged Federal Government to put more efforts in the Power Sector, Education, Infrastructure Development and Primary Healthcare.
He however lamented the bad state of roads in the South East zone, pointing out that Onitsha to Enugu, and Enugu to Port Harcourt federal roads have become death traps.
He also called on the Federal Government to dualize the Ninth mile to Makurdi federal highway to reduce the carnage caused on the road by avoidable road accidents.