The Speaker, House of Representatives Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged Nigerians to remain united as the country marks 59th Independence Day anniversary.
The Speaker also enjoined Nigerians to pray for the country and her leaders for the entrenchment of good governance and the well being of the people.
In a statement marking Nigeria’s 59th Independence, Speaker Gbajabiamila said Nigeria has come a long way as one indivisible entity, which every citizen must work to protect.
He said at a time like this, prayers and unity of purpose will help ensure the country remains one.
He also tasked Nigerians to continue working hard to realize the mission and vision of the country’s founding fathers, who fought for the country to become what it is.
“As we mark our country’s 59th Independence Anniversary, we must remain steadfast, united and prayerful for our country to remain one and overcome her challenges.
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. As leaders, we are already doing that. But we need the support of the citizens to achieve that.” the Speaker said.
The Deputy Speaker Alhaji Ahmed Wase congratulated Nigerians and urged them to support the government at all levels, saying the task of nation-building requires the contribution of every citizen.
He called on Nigerians to improve the way they relate to one another, and that there is the urgent need for the people to begin to see themselves first as Nigerians, rather than individual ethnic or sectional groups or the other.
“The future of the country lies in its ability to achieve unity and peace, and would be much easier to attain if leaders at all levels allow justice and fair play to govern their actions.
When people believe in the fairness of their leaders, they would be ready to do everything within their power to protect their fatherland.” He said.
The Deputy Speaker appealed to groups that are aggrieved in one way or the other, to drop their agitation and take advantage of the improving political climate in the country, to seek accommodation in the larger united national community that is fast unfolding.