- John Odigie-Oyegun has lamented the state of Nigeria at 60 years
- The former APC national chairman said that things have really gone out of hand
- Oyegun also blamed the dwindling economic resources of the country as the source of Nigerians' pains
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A former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odigie-Oyegun, has expressed deep regrets over the state of things in Nigeria after 60 years of gaining independence.
Speaking with journalists in Benin City, the Edo state capital on Tuesday, September 29, Oyegun said things have gotten really bad and it would have been worse if not for the intervention of the current government.
However, the former APC chief admitted that due to dwindling resources, there is hunger, terrorism, unemployment and an unstable economy in the land and that the leadership is not giving the people much hope for a better tomorrow in the midst of their collective pain.
“The only missing link that I will think is that we are not sufficiently giving the people hope or explaining things to people and giving them hope that tomorrow will be better.
“So, there is despondency in the land, that critical ingredient that makes people say okay, things are bad today, but they are not telling us that it will be better tomorrow, that is missing."
“In addition to economic difficulty and economic deprivation, we have not successfully conveyed to them the picture of a better tomorrow."
Although he stated that thoughts on these sadden him, Oyegun disclosed that there is no doubt that the government has at least laid the foundation for the nation's future.
Meanwhile, a religious group had commenced a prayer and fasting session for Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the nations 60th independent anniversary.
Members of the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organization for Peace (NIFROP) who convened at the Unity Fountain in Abuja to pray for the president described October 1st as a "day of covenant."
The group members, all clerics also said the prayer and fasting session was planned to mark the end of colonial rule in Nigeria.
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