2015 NEW YEAR MESSAGE :- Ekweremadu Calls for Prayers and Patriotic Conducts

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has called for prayers and patriotic conducts for the success of the 2015 General Elections.

He stated this in a goodwill message to Nigerians at New Year.

While describing the forthcoming elections as a potential milestone for the nation’s democracy and development,‎ Senator Ekweremadu further noted that the longevity of the current democratic dispensation, which surpassed all others before it, was made possible by sacrifice, commitment, and determination on the part of Nigerians.

He said: “The current democratic dispensation is unique in many respects. For the first time, we have been able to transit from one civilian administration to another. We have also enjoyed an unprecedented 15 years of democratic rule.

“Therefore, year 2015 presents us with yet another opportunity to build on our democratic gains. The elections call for a high sense of patriotism, decorum, forbearance, and strict observance of the rules among Nigerians, especially the political class, to make the process free, fair, and credible”.

On the challenges resulting from the fall in oil revenue, Senator Ekweremadu assured that with President Goodluck Jonathan, the nation was in good and competent hands.

He however observed that the present situation was yet another reason for the nation to return to the path of fiscal federalism.

“‘We need to move away from the malady of ‘feeding bottle federalism’ and embrace fiscal federalism to engender less dependence on oil revenues, promote greater utilization of the nation’s human and natural resources, and put the federating units on the path of self-reliance, wealth creation, and competitive development as was obtainable in the First Republic”, he emphasised.

The Deputy President of the Senate wished Nigerians a happy New Year.