Despite the many challenges confronting the nation, there are multiple reasons to be grateful and celebrate the 62nd independence anniversary of the country.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu stated this at this year’s independence day parade in Lagos, held at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who wore white Agbada and a green cap saluted the resilience of Nigerians in the face of economic hardship and expressed the hope that Nigeria will regain her lost glory in the comity of nations to fulfil the dreams of the nation’s founding fathers.
The Governor who urged Nigerians to shun politics of bitterness as the general elections approaches, advised individuals to respect each other’s opinion at all times without violence.
The colorful event witnessed parade by different paramilitaries, students, traders, Teachers while dignitaries included Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, members of the state Executive Council and members of the diplomatic corps.
In Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni urged politicians to concentrate on issue-based campaigns against divisive tendencies.
Governor Mai Mala Buni made the call in his Independence message to the people of the state in a statement signed by his Director General on Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Muhammed.
The Governor explained that, “we have more issues that unite us than issues that divide us and therefore should concentrate on the positive issues for a brighter future for the country.”
He also called on the electorate to support peaceful elections urging the youth not to allow themselves to be used for violence before, during, and after the elections.
While congratulating Nigeria and Nigerians on the occassion of the 62nd independence anniversary of the country, Governor Buni noted that in spite of the challenges Nigeria had gone through, remarkable achievements have been made with improvement in the lives of the people.
In the same vein, the Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Bagudu, says, President Muhammadu Buhari’s agricultural revolution in the last seven years, has recorded a tremendous success.
Governor Atiku Bagudu, stated this at a media pally to mark the 62nd Nigeria’s Independence Day held at the Press Center Birnin Kebbi.
Governor Bagudu said President Buhari led administration supported farmers production and create wealth through the Ancho Borrowers programme.
According to the Governor, the Anchor programme started with seventy thousand farmers and presently thousands have benefited in the state.
The Governor revealed that, the rate of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state is worrison as there is influxe of the IDPs from Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara states.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state attributed the current security challenges bedevilling the North to the look-worm attitude of some parents in the region towards their children.
The Governor stated this in Minna on the sixty-second Independence anniversary celebration of Nigeria.
Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello called on mothers to cater for the wellbeing of their children and prevent them from joining bad gang, thereby creating a serious gap that usually ended up in unpleasant consequences.
Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello expressed optimism that the good old days can be achieved if everyone collectively agree to work together for national growth and development.
The Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum says he will rebuild critical infrastructure destroyed during the Boko Haram insurgency.
Governor Zulum stated at the commitment at a ceremony to mark the sixty-second Independence anniversary in Maiduguri.
Represented by his Deputy Alhaji Umar Kadafur, the Governor said his administration had in the last three years strengthen resettlement and recovery effort resulting in the voluntary return of internally displaced persons back to the communities.
He expressed his resolve to continue to improve on job creation, access to education, healthcare services, security, access to water supply among others.
Governor Babagana Zulum enjoined the citizenry to remain united and shun all tendencies capable of plunging the nation into chaos and anarchy as the 2023 elections is fast approaching.
“There is the need to explore the avenue to create jobs opportunities to our teeming unemployed youths thereby minimising the upsurge of social vices in the society ” Zulum said.
Our correspondent reports that this is the first time in more than twelve years the independence day anniversary is celebrated in Borno state.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has called on the residents of the state to be vanguards of peace and harmony.
The Governor stated this at Sani Abacha Stadium Kano while addressing the people of the state during the 62th independence Anniversary.
He advised Nigerians to live as brothers and sisters irrespective of their religious beliefs or ethnic differences.
The Governor advised the people of the state to shun politics of thuggery and violence, embrace the democracy of tolerance.
Similarly, Minister for women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen congratulated Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed every Nigerian for the attainment of the nation’s 62nd Independence.
Dame Pauline Tallen said Nigeria had gone a long way in their resilience and doggedness to ensure the nation remains one indivisible entity hence the need to celebrate victories attain so far.
The Minister used the medium to salute the Nigerian woman who has remained focused and resolute in ensuring the care and wellbeing of the family urging them not to relent in the quest towards achieving equality and development for the Nigerian woman and child.
Reporting by Barnabas Hunjo, Alkasim Bala, Azizatu Sani and Aliyu Lawal; Dauda Iliya, Abdullahi Tukur Abdullahi Jalaluddeen; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino & Adeniyi Bakare