Nigeria at 54: We are making progress – Mark, Ekweremadu

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Senate President, David Mark, has said Nigeria has made a remarkable progress in her socio-economic and political development since it gained independence on October 1, 1960.

Mark in a statement issued in Abuja, to mark the 54th independence anniversary of Nigeria, called on Nigerians not to relent in their fight to promote peace and unity no matter the challenges.

He frowned at the insinuation in some quarters that Nigeria had not made progress, since independence.

According to him, “Let us cast our minds back a little and see the number of road networks, schools, universities, health institutions, telecommunications and a host of others.

“We may not have been where we want to be but we have made appreciable progress and we can do more. All we need to do is to strengthen our unity as one people with one mission and purpose. The stable democracy has offered us opportunity to harness our abundant resources for good.

“Nigeria has passed through many challenges in the past and we came out of it. The security challenges, this Boko Haram can be defeated if we unit to fight them. I believe the Boko Haram, terrorism or insurgency is alien to us as a people. We have the capacity to defeat them and confine them to the dustbin of history.

“We must therefore continue to shun individuals or groups that encourage, preach and practice division among our people. We must shun every harbinger of hate and bound together as a people of common interest and destiny”.

Similarly, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu enjoined Nigerians to put all hands on deck to sustain the current democracy.

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