According to a statement by the Church’s Director of Media and Public Relations, Rev. Oladapo Daramola, Uche said this in a goodwill message to Nigerians for Democracy Day.
The Prelate noted that in the struggle for democracy, the prospect of May 29, 1999 had yielded much anticipation about a democratically elected president being inaugurated into office.
He said, “Prior to that day, starting in 1992, the struggle for a nation where the collective will of the people would supersede that of a gun-wielding few in khakis gripped the minds of many.
“This struggle for democracy led to several political assassinations, incarcerations, maiming and killing of innocent Nigerians, chaos and bloodshed. So it was easy to understand the great euphoria and celebrations that greeted the advent of a new democratic dispensation in 1999.
“But looking back to that day today, one can aptly say those expectations for many have been shattered. The dream of enjoying the so-called dividends of democracy has become a mirage as we continue to wallow in poverty and penury.”
According to Uche, “though the country has unity and corporate existence to celebrate, the economy of our nation is weak with workers’ salaries unpaid, health care delivery near comatose, refineries not working, despite billions of naira invested by past governments on turnaround maintenance and a power sector that was hurriedly privatised without securing corresponding infrastructural investment from the power generating and distribution companies.”
He also decried that the country was bedevilled by an industrial sector that had totally collapsed due to import dependence, which he said threatened the unity being celebrated by the people.
“Today, Nigeria has an infrastructural deficit of over $2tn and one wonders when this nation will be restored to full economic prosperity commensurate with our God-given potential and capacity.
“The efforts of the present government at tackling the hydra-headed monster called corruption must however be commended.
“The Church also commends the sincere and transparent nature of the war against corruption, which has brought enormous goodwill to the country, the President and his government and this can be described as a spark of light in the midst of what looks gloomy in our democratic experience so far,” the cleric said.