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Former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has felicitated with citizens on the occasion of the 60 th Independence Day celebration.
In his message to Nigerians, Jonathan noted that October 1 commemorates Nigeria’s political freedom.
Part of his message read:
“Sixty years ago, we made a procession of victory, as we bade farewell to colonialism and emancipated our lands
from the clutches of servitude.
It was a day of hope, promises and great expectations amplified by the reality of freedom and the vista of vast opportunities.
He said though it may seem as though all the expectations have not been met, Nigeria has made progress in some areas
such as sports, entertainment, arts, education and even in politics.
“The Green – White – Green has flown with pride, honour and dignity in the comity of nations, in the last 60 years.”
According to the former president, Nigeria has been through times of progress and turbulent periods which resulted in setbacks.
He, however, commended the fact that the nation has remained as one, and nurtured her democracy to 21 unbroken years,
despite all the challenges.
Jonathan stated that everyone has a role to play in nation-building which he described as a journey.
Going further, the ex-leader called on the nation and its people to harness the greatness that lies within the nation’s diversity
and the strength of our population.
According to him, we must focus less on our fault lines and instead pay attention on the silver lining within our lands.
He urged citizens to show love, unity and understanding in times of trials and never lose hope.
He said these are required to build the nation and enable us live in the land of our collective dreams.
Jonathan also spoke about the coronavirus pandemic, calling on the people not to give up or live in despair as things will get better.
“Our success as a nation lies in the fervency of our faith, the strength of our unity and commitment to our national creed:
unity and faith, peace and progress. Let us work in solidarity to ensure that this national creed does not become a
mere slogan but a lived experience for all.”
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Source : LegitNG