Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said despite the hard times confronting Nigeria, the happy times will be here again.
Dogara, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said: “Nigerians have every reason to celebrate the 55 years of independence and over 100 years of existence. I will urge our people to use this period to give thanks to God for keeping the country one despite many upheavals and prophesies of doom.
“The Speaker said that when compared with other developing countries, Nigeria is far behind and is ranked among the lowest in the human development index, but expresses hope that “happy times will be here again.
“He said, rather than grieving over the problems and challenges facing the country, Nigerians must, as a matter of necessity, move away from lamentation and hopelessness to a new era of hope and positivity about the future of the country.
“As leaders, we are not unaware of the task before us as there is so much work to do which requires sacrifice by all Nigerians.
“Thus, we will plead with our people not to lose hope in their leaders as most nations have passed through similar challenges and emerged stronger. I have strong hopes and conviction that Nigeria will also overcome these challenges.
“This too, shall pass away and happy times will be here again. The new APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has left none in doubt as to its readiness to restructure and reposition the country on the path of socio-economic development”.