National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has advised Nigerians against taking the anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence Day as mere ritual.
He observed that the anniversary is a reminder and affirmation of an ambitious journey Nigerians as a people began 60 years ago.
Tinubu position was made known in his goodwill message titled: “Independent for good reason”. The message was issued on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day anniversary.
“During these 60 years, we have passed important milestones and progressed in many ways. We have endured long nights that skeptics said would end us,” he said.
On the aspirations of the country’s forefathers, Tinubu said: “Three score years ago, our people determined to amend their political relationship with the world as well as the relationship among themselves. From the unfairness and limitations inherent in the colonial situation we claimed our independence to establish our own way that we might be servile to none.
“We asserted our independence that we may be the most populous, most powerful and most prosperous nation in Africa and in the process lead our continent and our race into a more just and equable condition.
“Thus we do not commemorate Independence Day as some empty ritual. It is not some excuse to begin the 10th month of the year with a holiday. Instead, it is an annual reminder and affirmation of the noble and excellent trek upon which we have embarked as a people.”
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