Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu has challenged Nigerians to take their destiny into their own hands by using the 2019 General Elections to rescue the nation from the current economic and Herdsmen killings been witnessed under the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ekweremadu made this call on Monday in Abuja, when he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), and other opposition political parties.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, he said that the idea behind the formation of a coalition party was to ensure that they defeat APC and change the situation of the country for the best.
“For three years, what I see on the faces of Nigerians is frustration and anguish. But for the first time, I tell you that I saw joy. I saw people laughing and smiling for the first time in three years.
“Those our brothers and sisters, and investors, who left Nigeria in the last three years are also rejoicing with you because by this time next year, they will all be back.
“Those factories that were closed are going to come back alive by this time next year and Nigerians will rejoice.
“The people of the South East whom the programmes and practices of this government are forcing them to have a rethink on their membership of this country, today will rejoice and be happy that a new country that will be fair to all is coming; a country that they will be proud to be part of and continue to contribute to her development.
“All our people in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, who have been wondering or believe that they will spend the rest of their lives in the IDP camps are happy today because their stay there is almost over; because next year, we will enthrone a government that will take them to their homes and protect them there.
“The media houses, all the instruments and institutions of democracy that have been trampled and muzzled in this country, they will be free again to do their work without fear of intimidation.
“Those, who are being persecuted on account of their political views or insisting that the right thing should be done, are also going to rejoice because a new dawn is here. One of them is my brother, Senator Dino Melaye, who went through hell, but today, he is a free man.
“Also, remember that Nelson Mandela said that unless Nigeria earns the respect of the world, no one would respect Africa. So, various countries of Africa, who have looked up to Nigeria to provide leadership will have a good dinner in their houses today, happy that we are coming back again to retake our place again as the foremost country in Africa and to provide leadership”.
By Augustine Akhilomen