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Independence Day: Akpabio, Ganduje, others optimistic about Nigeria’s future

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Nigeria celebrated its 63rd Independence Day on October 1, 2023, with President Bola Tinubu delivering a goodwill message in which he expressed optimism about the country’s future.

In his message, Tinubu said that Nigeria’s long span of democratic rule has been a source of inspiration to the rest of Africa, and that he was confident that democracy would continue to gain strength in the country year after year.

In his message, Akpabio said that there were many landmarks in the nation’s 63 years to give a sense of optimism for a better tomorrow.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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

Speaker Tajudeen appealed to Nigerians to keep hope in the country alive, saying Nigeria will be great again. He said that despite Nigeria’s myriad of challenges, the country still has the prospect and potential to reclaim its leadership position in the comity of nations, especially with its abundant human and natural resources.

APC National Chairman Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said though at 63 the journey has had its obstacles, it has equally presented opportunities and prospects. 

As a party, let me restate that the APC will remain true to its promises and pledges to the people. None of these promises, I repeat, will escape our attention and none will be treated lightly.

“The present administration led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is ready to live up to the renewed hope manifesto of the APC- to reposition Nigeria towards sustainable growth, development and economic prosperity.

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“Fortunately he has hit the ground running to fix the infrastructural and economic reversals of the previous years.

“Under this administration, Nigerians can rest assured that it will be fine again, that their worries will be made a thing of the past, that both the youth and the aged will be well secured,” he said

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu urged Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to support the administration of President Bola Tinubu and all state governments in their efforts to birth a new, prosperous Nigeria.

The Governor also implored Nigerians to continue to live with one another in love, unity and peace, irrespective of their religious or ethnic differences, adding that all the citizens’ support and encouragement are key for a better and prosperous Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu said Nigerians should unite with renewed determination, hope and commitment to move the country forward against all odds, saying President Tinubu and all the 36 State Governors are committed to addressing different challenges currently being experienced across the country.

He assured Lagos residents of his administration’s commitment to “the delivery of dividends of democracy, good governance and people-oriented programmes through the THEMES+ developmental agenda for Greater Lagos. We need continuous support from the people for us to achieve the Lagos of our dreams.”

 

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