Independence Day: Nigeria’s challenges surmountable – Akpabio, Barau

The President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 63rd Independence Anniversary.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Hon Eseme Eyiboh, the Senate President, while acknowledging present challenges in the polity, said that there were many landmarks in the nation’s 63 years to give a sense of optimism for a better tomorrow.

While noting the particular struggles that Nigeria has passed through as a country in the last 63 years, Senator Akpabio said that each country has its own unique path with unique challenges it must pass through.

Affirming that the fabrics of national cohesion are increasingly being braced by the unique Nigerian struggles, Senator Akpabio said that he was confident to assert that Nigeria was now on the correct pathway to rediscovery.

“As we reminisce on our 63 years as a country, it is tempting to allow present economic and security considerations becloud the triumphs of our nationhood.

“I dare say that in several fields of endeavour, the world has reckoned and continues to reckon with Nigeria in business, politics, sports and the arts.

“Indeed, I must today salute Nigerian music and showbiz stars who have almost, through sheer grit and grace, taken the world stage with a number of individual accomplishments.

“It is against this background that I call on Nigerians everywhere not to give up hope in the nation.”

“I congratulate the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, GFCR on being the unique Nigerian with the unique opportunity of turning Nigeria towards the country of our dreams.

“On behalf of my colleagues in the National Assembly, I pledge to assist him within the limits of constitutional provisions in this drive.

“My congratulations also go to all my colleagues in the National Assembly and Nigerians as a whole on this unique anniversary.”

Similarly, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, has asked Nigerians not to despair, saying the challenges facing the country are surmountable with the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Senator Barau (APC, Kano North), in his message to Nigerians on the country’s 63rd Independence Anniversary, appealed to the citizens to remain resolute in the promotion of national unity, support and prayers for the government to succeed in its efforts to turn around the country’s fortunes positively.

“Fellow Nigerians, happy Independence Day. As we celebrate the 63rd Independence Anniversary – the liberty from colonial rule, we must remember the enormous sacrifices made by our founding fathers; Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, among others, and recommit ourselves to the ideals they preached including the promotion of national unity, peace, justice, and tolerance.

“Yes, at 63, we have some challenges facing us as a country but they are surmountable. We will overcome them. Our country will come out stronger of its present challenges, by God’s grace.

“Let’s continue to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to actualise his policies and programmes as encapsulated in the Renewed Hope Agenda. He has good intentions for the country. We will get it right,” he said.

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