Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Professor Greg Ibe has urged Nigerians to shun ethnicity, religious bigotry and other vices in the democratic voyage of the nation.
Ibe in a Statement he signed himself and made available to Jungle Journalist Media Limited expressed joy over the steadfastness of the democratic process, but however, expressed sadness that the COVID-19 pandemic took off the colour that would have made the 2020 edition a memorable one.
“With mixed emotions of joy and sadness, I wish to felicitate with our fellow countrymen as we commemorate this year’s democracy day.
“I am joyful simply because of our steadfastness in steering the rudder of civilian rule so far, slowly but steadily on the shore of democracy from 29th May 1999 till date. We may not have made tremendous socio-economic progress, but it is heartwarming that having set sail and subsequently gathered some momentum on this highly turbulent democratic voyage, we will surely arrive the Promised Land, if we faint not.
“On the other hand, my sadness stems from the unhealthy environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic around what would have been a colourful 21st anniversary of our uninterrupted democratic journey.
“It is therefore against the backdrop of the struggles, sacrifices and martyrdom of the highly celebrated heroes and heroines of our democracy that I urge my fellow countrymen to shun all forms of ethnicity, religious bigotry and other divisive tendencies, while completely recommitting themselves to the task of building a virile and prosperous nation that will be the envy of all.
“Consequently, let us mark this plagued anniversary in soberness of mind, responsibly abiding by all anti COVID 19 protocols, while resolving to ensure the performance of that line in our national anthem that says ‘…the labor of our heroes past shall not be in vain’.
“Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!”, he wrote.