Port Harcourt - Reverend Franklin Ihemefor of the African Episcopal Methodist Zion Church (AEMZC), said Nigeria’s future economic and political prospects would be brighter than never before.
Ihemefor stated this in an interview in Port Harcourt on Friday while speaking on preparations for May 29.
"We have come of age, we have gained victory over all forms of distraction, therefore, we have paid our dues for a better tomorrow.
"No more tribal or religious bias; no more era of political bigotry and calumny which shows we are ready for a bigger future," he said.
The cleric described Nigeria as a blessed nation with rich human and material resources, saying that it was time to utilise them to the fullest.
According to him, the reason the country was crawling in the past was the absence of unity and uniformity of purpose.
Ihemefor expressed confidence in the readiness of Nigerians to work together, saying this was necessary for the nation’s economic and political advancement as well as stability.
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The cleric said that Nigeria would continue to thrive in its position as the Giant of Africa with attendant attraction of investors into the country.
He called on Nigerian governments at all levels to shun corruption in their various capacities for a secure economic future.
Describing corruption as one of the country’s greatest setbacks, the cleric decried what he called "impunity of some of leaders" in perpetrating fraud.
Ihemefor, however, said that the country was prepared to prove the world wrong by decisively combating corruption.