This morning,I listened to the President’s speech to all compatriots of this great nation. As usual, it was vintage President Buhari telling it the way it is.
The highlight of the speech, for me, is that, though our nation is experiencing a recession,hope is on the way; this time shall not last long.
Of course, anyone who had followed the speech of the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, earlier in the week would connect easily with the speech of Mr President.According to the Minister, already there are tell-tale signs of recovery from the recession in which the nation has sadly found itself.
So, as we commemorate 56 years of our post- independence nationhood , I call on us again to hold on to our faith and the hope that tomorrow , indeed, for us and our country shall be better.
We must realise that the life of a nation State is measured in thousands of years and we must be prepared to sacrifice our today for the tomorrow of our nation, our children and our children ‘s children; exactly what we failed to do yesterday that is haunting us today.
Nigerians must learn to live with the future in mind and that is why to me President Buhari remains the greatest thing to happen to this nation at present. The era of holding Birthday parties in Dubai and Paris is over. The era of celebrating marriage receptions on yachts and jumbo planes by our leaders must give way to the reality that though we are richly endowed as a country, we have not been able to convert our awesome potential for greatness to tangible greatness , the kind that lasts and impacts positively on the citizenry..
The present circumstance should speak to us individually and as a people to look inwards and seek a way to rediscover what we possessed before now that kept us engaged and going before we all suddenly turned to politicians, waiting monthly for the national cake from Abuja .In rediscovering our little creative and money- making potential that we earlier sacrificed on the altar of pursuing billions of government money lies the revival of our economy and the growing of our GDP.. Other countries did it and succeeded, ours shall not be different.
As I round off this message,I am reminded of the experience of the United States in the 30s, the years of the Great Depression.As President F D Roosevelt urged Americans,we must learn that this is the time for us to sell hope to our brothers and sisters and to demonstrate that humane Nigerian spirit that marks us out as a people by giving a shoulder to the weak ones among us to lean upon ,knowing full well that this moment, too, like the Civil War, like the Maitatsine Riots,like the earlier Niger Delta agitations and the once ravaging Boko Haram onslaught on our lives,shall pass away.
Happy 56th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
God bless Gombi/ Hong
God bless Adamawa State
God bless Nigeria.
Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub
Member representing Gombi/ Hong Federal Constituency.