Edited By Georgina Humphrey
Former Chief of staff to the Imo State Governor, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has urged Nigerians to remain united as the country marks her 63rd Independence Day anniversary.
This is contained in a statement signed by him in Abuja.
The statement says Nigeria has come a long way as one indivisible entity which every citizen must work to protect.
“As we mark our country’s 63rd Independence Anniversary, we must remain steadfast, united and prayerful for our country to remain one and overcome her challenges” Nwosu emphasizes.
It enjoins Nigerians to pray for the country and her leaders for the entrenchment of good governance and the well being of the people.
“At a time like this, prayers and unity of purpose will help ensure the country remains one and Nigerians should continue working hard to realise the mission and vision of the country’s founding fathers, who fought for the country to become what it is today” he adds.
“It is also incumbent on us all as citizens to pray for our leaders so that God Almighty will continue to guide them aright. Let’s all work together as one people”.
“In the face of some of the challenges confronting us as a country, we have no choice but to work hard to overcome them. But we need the support of the citizens to achieve that,” Nwosu states.
“We can be proud of the progress that we have made, draw lessons from the missteps and rededicate ourselves to our historic mission of nation-building and we should never abandon that mission” he adds.
“The founding fathers got nothing on a silver platter, their dream of a glorious future for Nigeria inspired them in confronting the challenges of their time”.
According to the statement the former Chief of staff to the Imo state governor calls for oneness and renewed patriotism from all Nigerians by burying old prejudices to religion, tribe or ethnic leanings believed to be antithetical to development.
“Nigerians must unite behind the national flag, set aside the narratives of division, violence and hate and replace them with the narrative of peace and unity”.
It stresses that Nigeria’s independence celebration was a reminder of “where we have come from, how far we have gone, the price that we paid for this freedom and all that binds us together as a nation.
Written by: Bukky Alabi