Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan, his deputy Ovie Omo-Agege and former Senate Speaker David Mark urged Nigerians to unite for the progress of the country and stay true to their homeland.
They said so in separate messages to mark the 61st anniversary of the country’s independence.
Lawan said: “I find it remarkable that we are living in the longest era of democracy in our history as a nation.
“It may seem modest as an accomplishment, but it is an additional cause for celebration in light of our political experience.
“We can be proud of the progress we have made, learn from missteps and return to our historic mission of nation building. We should never give up on this mission.
“The Founding Fathers got nothing on a silver platter. Their dream of a glorious future for Nigeria inspired them to face the challenges of their time.
“This great legacy is what we celebrate today. We must preserve it and pass it on to future generations, ”he said.
Omo-Agege called for the unity and renewed patriotism of all Nigerians.
He said: “Nigerians must unite behind the national flag, put aside the narrative of division, violence and hatred, and replace them with the narrative of peace and unity.
Mark called on citizens to bury old prejudices against religion, tribe or ethnic tendencies seen as anti-development.
Mark noted that the security, socio-economic and political challenges plaguing the country demand that “we bury worldly issues of attachment to religion, ethnic or tribal tendencies and unite to save Nigeria from the precipice.”
In her message, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representative of the central district of Lagos, said the celebration of Nigeria’s independence was a reminder of “where we have come, how far we have come, the price we have paid for this freedom and everything that binds us as a nation.
She added, “As we celebrate, we need to find time for sober reflections, realizing that the things that unite us are stronger than those that threaten to divide us. We must avoid any attempt to sow discord between us and remain steadfast despite the challenges we may face. ”
Gbajabiamila, Wase call for unity
Likewise, House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Vice President Ahmed Wase urged Nigerians to embrace unity and peaceful coexistence.
Gbajabiamila, in a message from the President’s Special Advisor on Media and Advertising, Lanre Lasisi, said Nigeria “is the only country we can call our own. As far as I’m concerned, there is no country on earth like Nigeria, and I know that all Nigerian patriots share this point of view.
In a separate statement from his chief press secretary, Umar Puma, Wase urged Nigerians to stand united for the good and progress of the country.
The Vice President said: “We have come a long way as an indivisible country, it is the responsibility of every citizen to work and ensure that the country remains not only one, but an indivisible country, united and peaceful.”
Governments congratulate Nigerians
Likewise, Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola praised Nigerians for their steadfastness in the challenges the country faces.
Oyetola, made the disclosure in an independence message from his chief press secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Thursday.
The statement said in part: “Our determination, creativity and innovation have never failed us. Despite the conspiracy of the global economic downturn and the coronavirus pandemic, we have kept our eyes riveted on the mechanisms of democracy – good governance, inclusive governance, strong institutions and the rule of law – which never fails in good or bad. the bad times. ”
In addition, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, expressed confidence in the ability of Nigerians to overcome all challenges to emerge stronger and better. .
Fintiri said: “We had challenges, we still have challenges, but the Nigerian spirit of resilience will carry us. Nigeria would overcome its current challenges and emerge stronger. We will improve, we will be bigger.
Fintiri, who is the chairman of the Convention Committee of the People’s Democratic Party, stressed the need for citizens to continue to trust the nation, while emphasizing tolerance and unity at a time when the nation was more divided than ever.
“We can make Nigeria great”
Likewise, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins, in a statement by the church’s director of social communications, the Rev. Anthony Godonu, assured Nigerians that a bright future awaits them provided there is sincere intention and the will to be fair and just.
Martins, while noting that the country was going through one of the most difficult times since independence in 1960, urged the different ethnic nationalities not to give up the unity of the country.
“We will only be able to thrive and bounce back if we are able to deal with the fact that we are sitting on a barrel of gunpowder. We are all aware of the problems that need to be solved but which leaders at all levels have not found the will to solve. These problems include insecurity, the activities of Boko Haram and bandits, perceived and / or real marginalization in the scheme of things, corruption, mass unemployment, poverty ”, part of the statement read. .
We’ll know rains of blessings, says CAN
Likewise, the Christian Association of Nigeria, in a message from its President, Dr Supo Ayokunle, congratulated all Nigerians.
The cleric in his message of independence titled “Nigeria Will Experience Showers of Blessings,” said, “With full assurance of faith in the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit, at this difficult time I prophesy that he there will be showers of blessings in the name of Jesus. ”
He added, “The Lord will restore peace to our nation in the name of Jesus and all turmoil will cease.
“The Lord would make the wild beasts, criminals operating under various names like Boko Haram, bandits, kidnappers, murderous shepherds, unknown shooters cease from our land in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Globacom greets Nigerians
In addition, Nigerian telecommunications giant Globacom congratulated the Nigerian government and people on the celebration of the country’s 61st Independence Day.
In a statement released Thursday, the company praised citizens at home and abroad for their relentless patriotism and industry.
“There is every reason for the country to celebrate its anniversary of independence, because the current challenges we face as a nation are not insurmountable. With unity of purpose, commitment, sacrifice and continued patriotism, we will win, ”Globacom said in the statement.
Indian President congratulates Nigerians
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the Nigerian government and people on the anniversary of independence.
The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, revealed this Thursday in a statement titled “Indian President Congratulates Nigeria on Independence Anniversary”.
Kovind reportedly said: “India and Nigeria have warm, friendly and deeply rooted ties… Please accept my best wishes for the good health and well-being of Your Excellency and for the continued prosperity and progress of the friendly people. from the federal government. Republic of Nigeria.
Jonathan calls for optimism
Former President Goodluck Jonathan also urged Nigerians to remain optimistic about the country’s future.
Jonathan said so in a goodwill message on the nation’s independence anniversary.
He called on the nation’s leaders and citizens to re-dedicate themselves to the virtues of fairness, justice and tolerance and to strive to do their best for the good of the nation.
The former president further described October 1 as a day of freedom “which provides an opportunity to reflect on our progress, celebrate our humble accomplishments and reflect on those dreams that have yet to be realized.”
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