Nigeria commemorated its 63rd Independence Day on Sunday, with various leaders and organizations extending their warm wishes to the nation. From the Christian Association of Nigeria to Governors and esteemed figures, the emphasis was on economic stability, security, and unity.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) congratulated Nigerians on this significant occasion, urging the Federal Government to prioritize economic stability. Archbishop Daniel Okoh, President of CAN, expressed concern over the recent depreciation of the naira against major currencies, particularly the dollar, highlighting its impact on the populace. He also emphasized the critical need to combat terrorism and banditry.
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, echoed the sentiments of hope, urging Nigerians to focus on the positive aspects of life. “I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Saraki stated, encouraging a steadfast belief in the nation’s potential.
Ireti Kingibe, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Women Affairs, advocated for leveraging Nigeria’s vast population and abundant natural resources. Drawing parallels with China and India, she urged Nigeria to transform its numbers into a strategic advantage.
Governor Dikko Radda of Katsina State painted a picture of Nigeria’s potential, terming it a “beautiful land destined for unprecedented greatness,” despite present challenges. He asserted that while hurdles remained, Nigeria stood on the verge of achieving unparalleled heights.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Kwara State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, reaffirmed the nation’s trajectory toward greatness. He recognized the enduring challenges in nation-building but emphasized Nigeria’s historical resilience in overcoming them.
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State called on Nigerians to honor the sacrifices of the country’s founding fathers and heroes. He stressed the importance of working towards unity, justice, and progress.
Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State urged Nigerians to exemplify patriotism for the nation’s greater good, emphasizing the need for collective sacrifices to propel the country forward.
Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, joined leaders across the nation in congratulating Nigerians on Independence Day. He assured citizens of transformative experiences under his leadership, calling for reflective gratitude for the nation’s journey.
Prelate Ekpenyong Akpanika of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria issued a call for faithfulness to the nation, urging Nigerians to reject actions that may incite tension and anarchy.
These messages of hope, unity, and commitment underscore the collective effort towards a brighter future for Nigeria on its 63rd Independence Day.