Nigeria’s Pioneer Professor of Medicine, Prof. Theophilus Ogunlesi, has urged Nigerians to adopt productive and positive attitude to national issues as the country celebrate 56th Independence Anniversary.
Ogunlesi made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Sagamu, Ogun.
He said that in spite of current challenges, Nigeria still had numerous untapped potential to be exploited, adding that the country had the wherewithal to still be considered among the best African countries.
He also urged Nigerians to maintain positive outlook toward the nation’s economic situation, saying “everyone must contribute his or her quota to the development of the nation.
“We must embrace agriculture in its entirety, not only to put food on our tables but also to overcome the current economic recession.
“Nigerians at this point should increasingly patronise locally-made products and focus more on exportation for the nation’s currency to surge in value.”
Ogunlesi also advised government at all levels to continue to ensure that the dividends of democracy got to every part of the country through the provision of amenities.
While congratulating Nigerians on the independence anniversary, he said Nigerians should expect better days ahead and support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to turn around the country’s fortune.
Similarly, the Associate Bishop of Remo Anglican Diocese, Ven. David Fadugba, had described Nigeria as a country full of hope, saying Nigerians must continue to pray for improvement in the nation’s economy.
Fadugba urged Nigerians, irrespective of their religious or political affiliation, to support the change mantra of the present administration so as to fast-track development.
He said political leaders must allow the fear of God to guide them in their decision-making and to release themselves totally to selfless service.
He, however, implored government to initiate more employment opportunities to youths to reverse the spate of crime, saying “an idle hand will always be the devil’s workshop.”
The cleric advised youths to shun vices and look for ways to develop themselves.