By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin City
GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state says for Nigeria to remain united despite the poverty, insecurity and tension witnessed during the last general elections shows that the nation will overcome all its problems and become a stronger nation.
According to the governor, “We have every reason to celebrate this occasion. Our great country has experienced ups and down over the past 55 years. Some of us were fairly old enough, 55 years ago to witness the celebration of our Independence in 1960. Since then, we have experienced civil war, we have enjoyed oil boom, we have witnessed oil crisis, military coups and counter coups.
“We have had governments elected and over thrown and over the past 17 years Nigeria has returned happily to a democratic rule in which our people now determine who governs our country at various levels. In all of this, it is my view that our country is stronger today than it was 55 years ago. Regardless of what some commentators may say, I believe that our country is more united today than it was 55 years ago.
“In 2011, in demonstration of our unity, Nigerians across all primordial sentiments, elected a President that presided for four years. Earlier this year, Nigerians across all divide, also exercised their right as a free people and democratically elected the current President.
“I believe for all of us, who had opportunity to review both electronic and print media, many had predicted that we would not survive as a nation 2015. Infact many predicted that the last election will mark the end of Nigeria as a country. In the process some questioned the wisdom of the amalgamation between Northern Nigeria and Southern Nigeria. As we can see the unity of our country its not at the mercy of our detractors.
“The commitment of our people to live together cannot and will not be weakened by narrow political calculations of individuals. When we look at what we have passed through these past years and the fact that we are here today as one united country, I believe that we are on the right path. There is no nation without its own fair share of challenges. There is no nation that is perfect and of course we have our own problems. Infact when you watch the electronic media you will find that we are much better than some countries in Europe.
“I am happy that at this point in time, Nigerians have elected a President that commands respect both at home and abroad. We now have a President that we can proudly say that is my President.