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Nigeria @60: Time For A Sober Reflection

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The supreme umbrella body of all Yoruba youths and women: Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide and Yoruba Council of Women Worldwide under the aegis of the Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye of the global body heartily felicitates with all Nigerians on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary slated for 1st October, 2020.

Unarguably, the nation is passing through her trying times and grave challenges bordering on insecurity, economic crisis and political instability for a long period of time, spanning pre- independence till date.

Despite the numerous aggravated economic assaults done on the majority of the citizenry, yet we remain stronger and hopeful, invariably this is highly commendable of our enduring spirits and patience as we collectively forge ahead aftermath of the perilous total lock down periods as a result of the global Covid 19 pandemic.

We salute the excruciating resilience and bravery to survive the current economic downturns ranging from unbearable astronomical increased fuel, VAT and electricity tariffs, while the Nigerian Labour Congress alongside TUC and others grossly disappointed the verse majority of Nigerians by calling off the declared 28th September nationwide abruptly without a well exhausted widely acceptable consultations with all the sister’s organizations, Civil Society Organizations alongside all Nigerians before unilaterally deciding only on a month reduced electricity tariff, while the unacceptable increased fuel pump price predicated upon the opaquely deregulation and clandestine removal of subsidy, unfortunately the highest mainstay of the economy was deceitfully left to all Nigerian’s destiny to decide and fight for.

Most regrettably this is highly treacherous and degradingly disappointing on the part of the FG and their NLC-TUC cohorts, after the macabre dancing and raising the hopes of the Nigerian masses only to deflate it with a premeditated evil agenda needle.

We are calling on the Federal Government to look inward for onward solutions by urgently reducing the fuel pump price far below its status quo.

We fundamentally demand the urgent simultaneous fixing and accelerated repairs of all our oil refineries for onward maximum productivity outputs.

We use this medium to call on the Federal Government to set up a monitoring steering committee that will provide all the needed enabling conducive environment for the convocation of “National Peoples Dialogue” that will see to the realization of a restructured state.

We remain undeterred by the recent tribulation’s happenings in the country, but it is high time we promote succinct delivery of dividends of democracy and national patriotism towards ensuring national unity, peace and development.

We call for urgent national discuss on the aggravated issues of insecurity and killings of Nigerians by wrecking monumental havoc and instilling fatal blow on our territorial boundary by the dreaded Fulani armed terrorists, while demanding for the total overhaul of the nation’s security institutions and immediate review of appointments of the service chiefs, who are in excess of their statutory tenured periods.

Furthermore with abosolute demand for the full implementation of the 2014 CONFAB report.

Also, we need to avert all the entreaties of war and provocative tendencies currently pervading the nation;a reflection of a failed and pariah state, as a result of th continuous total neglect by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration on key fundamentals in consonance with the “APC led Change Mantra” unfulfilled promises after five years , for no nation can survive two civil wars, yet we ramain eternally grateful for God’s interventions at various points in time.

Hence, the need for extreme sober reflections on the need to jointly promote peace and grow our nation progressively.

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