The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has felicitated with Nigerians on occasion of the country’s 59th Independence anniversary, urging them to remain patriotic and united.
Oyetola, who assured them of better days ahead, maintained that no achievement could surpass Nigeria’s unity in the face of several existential challenges that had threatened it in the last 59 years.
He called on all and sundry to join hands with government to fashion out pragmatic plans for the socio-political and economic growth of the country as well as its sustainable development in the future.
“I congratulate and felicitate with every citizen of The State of Osun and by extension, all Nigerians, on this joyous event and on the journey so far.
“On all accounts, it is appropriate to rollout the drums to celebrate the accomplishment of the vision of our founding fathers to birth a strong, indivisible, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.
“Although the journey has been adorned by dark days of colonialism, a shattering civil war and occasional crises, we have proved to the world that our ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities are sources of strength, not division.
“Fifty-nine years down the road, we have had our accomplishments and failings, but Project Nigeria is on course.
“Consequently, we owe it to ourselves and posterity to continue to interrogate issues that threaten our collective survival as a nation. In our introspection, we must review not just the last fifty-nine years but also attempt to project further afield into the years ahead and marshal our plans for socio-political and economic growth and sustainable development,” he said.
Oyetola also reiterated the commitment of his administration to delivering on all its campaign promises and supporting the sustainable development agenda of the Nigerian Government across all sectors of the economy.
He urged residents of the State to continue to co-operate with government in sustaining and maintaining its status as the most peaceful State in the country.
“The Nigerian Government employed pragmatic policies, including diversifying the economy, frontally fighting corruption, securing the nation and introducing policies to put the nation on a realistic course.
“We have keyed into these programmes in the State of Osun, introducing policies that deliver equitable projects, programmes and services in critical sectors, especially in security, health, economy, education, infrastructure and agriculture,” the Governor said.
Oyetola then urged Nigerians to continue to pursue “peaceful coexistence, commitment, industry, integrity and resilience and values which would sooner than later deliver a stronger, more prosperous and greater Nigeria that we can all be proud of”.