NIGERIA @60: OUR COUNTRY WILL BE A GREAT NATION
— DR MICHAEL NWOKO
By Iroroh Frank
As Nigerians celebrate the diamond jubilee of the country’s independence, a prominent PDP youth mobiliser in Aniocha North LGA and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta on Health Monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko, has
stated that Nigeria will attain her full potential as a viable and progressive nation capable of creating opportunities to satisfy the needs of her citizens if the vision of the founding fathers of the country are revisited and consolidated, going forward.
Dr Nwoko stated this during an interactive section with reporters at the Cenotaph Asaba during the state ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence and also when he featured on DBS Television
‘Matters Of The Poll’ program anchored by Onome Tanu which focused on Nigeria at 60. Speaking on both occasions, Dr Nwoko said, “I am very much happy for the journey so far and I am always praying for this country, you know, this is the only place we can proudly call our country, so we must pray for better days for our country. Looking at the 60th anniversary logo unveiled by the President, I want to say that I am excited by the brand which reads, ’60 TOGETHER’ , it clearly indicates that despite the turbulent times we have gone through in the past 60 years, we have remained one indivisible country. This should give us hope and I am hopeful that brighter days are ahead of. We must go back to history, our founding fathers made alot of sacrifices to give us this Nation, the country was built on some basic principles which every part of the country accepted before agreeing to become one at independence. America is what it is today because the foundation laid by her founding fathers remain the guiding principles of her leaders for the past 200 years. Before our independence, our founding fathers head series of meetings and agreed to stay together under some guiding principles as a country of diverse people with diverse culture and diverse religion. As we move forward in our democratic experiment, we must look at our foundation in order to guide our journey ahead.”
On the the issue of sustaining democracy in the country, Dr Nwoko said, “democracy can only be achieved when the power of the people to elect those who govern them is respected. We have been experimenting on this for the past 21 years of our democracy and Edo 2020 gubernatorial election shows that we can do this. It shows that the voice of the people can be heard in an election.
This is a movement which should be consolidated and replicated in the coming Ondo and Anambra States elections and also in the 2023 general elections. At this juncture, I want to commend President Buhari for providing the enabling environment for the voice of the people to be heard in Edo State, I hope similar approach will be applied in Ondo, Anambra and in the 2023 general elections. It is only when the people are given the right to elect their leaders that we will have leaders who are responsible and accountable to the people, leaders who will attract meaningful development to their constituency.”
On the role of the electoral umpire, the INEC, Dr Nwoko said, “INEC should be involved in every stage of our electoral process, beginning from the party primaries to ensure that parties conduct their primates according to lay down guidelines to avoid preelection litigations. Political parties should encourage internal party democracy by providing level playing field for all aspirants to test their popularity without imposition of candidates. It is only when a popular candidate emerges during party primaries that the party stands at a better chance of winning at the general elections.
On his position on the electoral reform bill which is awaiting the President’s ascent,. Dr Nwoko stated, “I want to advice that any instrument that is required to reform our electoral system should be deployed without hesitation. When that is done, it will go along way in promoting sanity in our elections.”
On the burning issue of peace and security in the country, Dr Nwoko said ” governments should take the issue of peace and security in the country very seriously because meaningful development cannot take place where there is high level of insecurity. Insecurity will scare foreign investors away from the country and no country can experience meaningful development without sustainable foreign inflow of capital through investment and tourism.”
“Our amiable and workaholic Governor, His
Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State was able to record all the melodramatic changes in the State because of his achievement in the area of peace and security.'”
On a general note I am very confident that Nigeria will maintain it’s rightful place as the giant of Africa and become an economic giant amongst comity of nations globally. The future of the country is very bright.
Happy Independence Day Nigerians!! ” Dr Nwoko concluded.