As Nigeria attains 60 years of Independence, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) has urged Nigerians to face the future with renewed hope.
Tinubu said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday that Nigerians should brace up to the challenges that post COVID-19 era might bring.
According to the senator, Independence Day is the most significant day of history for every nation.
Part of the statement read: “It is celebrated once in a year with much enthusiasm and vigour to commemorate the sacrifices of those who fought bravely to bring freedom for the nation and its prosperity.
“It is the day that the dreams of freedom from the colonial rule of our founding fathers and nationalists came to a realisation, marking the start of a new era.”
Tinubu said that Nigeria’s experiences in the years that followed its independence – military rule – civil war, economic boom and return to democratic rule, among others – had bound the citizens together.
“This gives us all a common interest and heritage. If anything is clear, it is that crisis often fosters unity.
”Nigeria has risen out of every challenge, overcome the odds and thrived.
“Though there is so much room for improvement, it is certain that despite our differences, we can overcome whatever challenges.”
Tinubu said even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic which crippled economies, Nigeria had thrived by force of will and innovation, defying projections and expectations.
Tinubu said that Nigerians should continue to be innovative in meeting the demands of the times and show patriotism by putting Nigeria’s unity first and eschewing tribalism and religious intolerance.
“More than ever, we must, in our disposition, actions and words, show faith in the future of our country.
Tinubu further urged Nigerians to maximise the potentials and resources in the country and build a legacy that will transcend time.
“God bless Nigeria,” she prayed.