Senator Dino Melaye who represented the Kogi West Senatorial district during the 8th National Assembly has claimed that Nigeria is now the capital of poverty in the entire world.
This was contained in a statement he signed and made available to journalists on Friday as part of activities to mark the 2021 Independence Day.
The former lawmaker lamented the level of hardship currently bedevilling citizens of the country, saying the evidence of independence cannot be felt by most Nigerians.
Dino said Nigeria is only celebrating abject poverty, economic stagnation and ethno-religion bigotry
“I join Nigerians all over the world to celebrate the 61st Independence Anniversary of our great nation, Nigeria. As Nigeria mark its 61 years of freedom, it is an opportunity to reflect on our progress, celebrate our humble attainments and brood over those dreams that we are yet to fulfil as a nation.
“I can’t help but ask, how is Nigeria doing @ 61? It is with tears in my eyes that I say that Nigeria as a nation @ 61 is not doing well. Nigeria has wriggled through numerous economic and other challenges, with inflation and unemployment currently at their worse level today.
“Our dear nation @ 61 has turned into an unenviable poverty capital of the world, where over 82.9 million Nigerians can no longer afford daily meals and other necessities of life. Let the truth be told, the true meaning of independence is yet to be fully felt in all aspects of our lives as Nigerians”, he said.
Senator Dino Melaye called on all Nigerians to pray for the country to ensure that the dream of the founding fathers, who paid the price for the nation’s independence is not dashed.
He said, “However, the above should not discourage our commitment and hope for a better Nigeria, the Nigeria of our dreams.
”I, therefore, call on all well-meaning Nigerians to pray for our dear country. So that the vision and dreams of our founding fathers to build a truly egalitarian society where love, peace, freedom and justice reigns will be achieved. God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.