Independence: Ambassador Calls For Sober Reflection

Nigeria`s Consul General to South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to use the nation`s 55th independence anniversary as a period for sober reflection on the country`s future.

Ajulu-Okeke said in Johannesburg, South Africa, that this year`s Independence Day required low key celebration to enable Nigerians reflect on the current challenges facing the country.

According to her, Nigeria is facing austere times and President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to turning the economy around.

“I appeal to Nigerians in South Africa and our brothers and sisters at home to bear with government and appreciate the fact that Nigeria is going through difficult times,” she said.

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Ajulu-Okeke said the occasion should also be used to plan on how to redirect the country to the path of growth and development in order to assume continental leadership.

The President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, on his part urged Buhari to appoint capable hands that would move the country forward.

“Nigerians resident in South Africa are expecting a turnaround of the economy. We want adequate infrastructure, stable power supply and strengthening of the institutions that support democracy,” he said.

Anyene said Nigerians in South Africa were hopeful of a new country under the leadership of Buhari.

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