By Emma Chinenye
Member representing Anambra East and West at the National Assembly, Mr Chinedu Obidigwe has urged the highest political leadership in the country to swallow pride and call for dialogue to resolve the insecurity situations across the country.
Mr Obidigwe, said a round table across regional divides could be a veritable solution toward resolving some of the problems.
Obidigwe, who said this while addressing journalists in Awka added that Nigeria had many reasons to celebrate the 61st Independence, irrespective of socio-economic challenges.
He noted that dwelling on the crisis could only frustrate the state’s economic progress, noting that no country could survive in any crisis-ridden environment.
“Let me say it clearly; Nigeria’s independence should be celebrated. We are a nation, we have been surviving all forms of tribulations and all forms of turbulent situations from the day we gained our independence. And I believe this country has been growing from strength to strength.
“As a member of the legislature, I can tell you the achievements of the legislature within the last two years that I have been at the National Assembly.
“I can tell you that the country has performed exceedingly well in spite of the COVID-19 that led to economic meltdown.
“Significantly, some states, including Anambra have progressed tremendously. The development you see today was not there last year or years back.
“Like in Anambra, we have constructed an airport within an interval of a year and six months. This has been achieved under the COVID-19/EndSars challenges.
“What we need is for all of us to come together under one entity called Nigeria and move forward.
“We should observe federal character in all we do, especially in the area of appointment, employment.
“When we tell ourselves the truth and observe these, I believe the nation will be at peace.
“I believe in total dialogue. There should be a dialogue, there should be love for the country, where each geo-political zone will state their challenges; what are they clamouring for.
“Whatever is their problem, will be addressed holistically. If that is achieved, all these agitations, succession will end.
“So, mine is the way forward, to ensure dialogue, so that we can move Nigeria forward,’’ Obidigwe said.
On security matters, “first let me salute the courage of the gallant Nigerian army, Police and other security agencies for being able to withstand the pressures of the men of the underworld.
“At the same time, let me say that when the right thing is done by ensuring proper employment for the youth, establishment of industries, and by extension proper dialogues; I believe all these crises will end.’’
“My message to Nigerians as well as my fellow youths is to be committed to the project called Nigeria; its developmental strides and in improving and promoting the potential of our people.
“Government should also be committed toward this direction, to achieving a united entity,’’ Obidigwe said.