Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, spoke on behalf of the federal government and congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration this year.
Aregbesola reaffirmed Nigeria’s preeminent position in the comity of nations and the greatness that lay ahead of the country in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore. He also pledged that the government was committed to addressing all of the challenges the country was facing and bringing smiles to everyone’s faces.
He said “The world is going through dire economic and security challenges which have also affected our nation. However, I am assuring us all that the government will not abandon the people, but will continue to confront all these challenges with all the might at our disposal until respite comes our way.
“Our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as our unbounded human capital and the richness of our land, make Nigeria unarguably the leading black nation in the world and Africa’s pride and beacon of hope. If we can rally ourselves together to harness our potential, we shall be the greatest nation on the earth.
“A country of over 200 million people whose natural talents, grit and passion glitter like the precious diamond that we are; Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in academia, science and technology, business, innovation, music, entertainment, fashion or culture.”
The Minister urged Nigerians to utilize the event as an opportunity to consider the problems the country is currently facing and what part they may play in solving them.
He wished Nigerians a great independence day and recalled that despite their differences in language, ethnicity, and religion, Nigeria’s founding fathers nevertheless worked together to achieve independence.
He stated “Though our nation is going through challenges, especially on security, these challenges are temporary and do not define us. We are defined by the greatness of the Nigerian people in our diversity, strength, ingenuity and resilience.
“We shall overcome all the challenges. A time is coming when we shall look at this period in retrospect and give thanks to the most high for the stormy waters we have waded through and the triumphs we have recorded over the challenges that look so huge and gargantuan today,”
The minister however urged Nigerians to shun violence of any kind and be security conscious, asking them to report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency and through the N-Alert application on Android and IOS, saying “when you see something do N-Alert for prompt response from security agents”.
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