Anyaoku hopeful of real change in 2016
Former Secretary-General of the Common Wealth, Chief Emeka Anyoku, yesterday expressed hope that Nigeria would witness a real change for better in 2016.
He urged the Federal Government to work with the regions to actualise the common hopes for Nigerians.
In a statement he sent to The Guardian from his home town of Obosi in Anambra State, the diplomat described 2015 as a year of historic events, which began with persisting insecurity and devastation in the North Eastern part of the country and a growing threat of destructive violence to the national electoral process with potential unacceptable consequences for the integrity of the nation.
The elder statesman, however, expressed gratitude for the initiative by some eminent citizens, which led to a commitment in the Abuja Accord to violence-free campaigns by the 14 Presidential candidates and their political parties. According to Anyaoku, the elections were relatively peaceful, thereby enabling the country to progress its evolving democracy by having for the first time in its history a peaceful change of government from a ruling to an opposition party.
He said: “ The 2016 inspires hopes of a real change for the better in Nigeria’s national circumstances. There is abundant hope that the pervading insecurity in the land will be brought under control; that corruption which has remained the greatest bane to our national development will be more effectively tackled; that the infrastructural deficit in power supply, transportation including roads, education and health will receive impactful attention; and that youth unemployment together with the widespread poverty of the masses will be productively addressed.”
Anyaokju therefore stressed that the pre-eminent challenge for the Federal Government would be to “work with all the regions of the country for the realisation of these hopes.” Doing so, he said, is also a challenge that calls for collaborative response from all the citizens.
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