Published March 15, 2021
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THE President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , has advised the Igbo in the South -East to seize the opportunity provided by the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) regime to gravitate to the centre of the Nigerian politics .
Lawan gave this advice in a statement by his Media Office on Sunday during the thanksgiving/ interdenominational service held in Owerri , Imo State, to commemorate the one year in office of Governor Hope Uzodimma .
The Senate President said Uzodimma had achieved so much in one year because he had taken politics beyond the South -East to the centre .
He said , “ Today , we are celebrating one year of his governorship in Imo State . The National Assembly is here. Let me say the presence of the Vice -President , representing the President , and all the governors here is a very clear testimony of his ( Uzodimma ) relationship with the centre of Nigeria.
“ He ( Uzodimma ) doesn ’ t waste time in looking for opportunity like this and the result is what you see . You have so much intervention. He has achieved so much in one year because he does not play his politics only in the South -East .
“ He has taken his politics to the centre as well , and therefore , I will take this opportunity to appeal to our people in the South -East; grab the opportunity to be at the centre of Nigerian politics .
“ APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is so willing , so liberal and forthcoming to support every part of Nigeria to make sure that Nigeria is evenly developed.
“ What we are witnessing here in Imo will be replicated in Ebonyi . We hope by the Grace of God , Anambra is coming on board . We are expecting Abia to be on board. And of course, we are hoping to bring Enugu on board . ”
Nigeria ’s problems , stepping stones to a great future – Osinbajo
At the occasion , the Vice -President , Prof. Yemi Osinbajo ( SAN) , said the challenges Nigeria currently faces as a nation are not insurmountable but are stepping stones to a great future .
The Vice – President , who delivered the felicitations of the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , to Uzodinma and the people of the state , also noted that faithful service to the people in public office remained a way of honouring God who gave the opportunity in the first place to leaders .
This is according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Laolu Akande , titled ‘Nigeria ’s challenges are stepping stones to a great future .’
Osinbajo was quoted as saying , “ Let me say that despite the challenges our nation faces, by the grace of God , we , the Nigerian people , are more than able to surmount them . So, I say to you , people of Imo and the great people of Nigeria ; yes, we have work to do ; yes , we have much to repair , but we are undaunted .
“ The problems we see today are the stepping stones to our great future. We are, by the grace of God , mightier than our challenges . ”
Osinbajo said the Federal Government had improved the country ’s healthcare sector , adding that the apex government had also provided huge funds for road rehabilitation , market development and other developmental programmes .