Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has called upon Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of selflessness and patriotism which he said are virtues that can reflect the real essence of Nigeria’s Independence.
He said this in a congratulatory message to Nigerians as the nation marks its 55th Independence Anniversary as a sovereign state.
According to him, the period of Independence must not go without Nigerians to rededicating themselves to selfless service as exemplified by the country’s founding fathers.
Pride they had in serving
The Governor said there was the need to rekindle the flame that ignited the determination of Nigeria’s founding fathers to fight for and obtain independence and the pride they had in serving the country.
He added that there was no better time than now to reawaken the waning glory of the nation.
“You will recall that Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, had on that memorable day, 55 years ago, in his Independence Anniversary speech, admonished everyone to dedicate his life and service to our country.
“This, for me is the springboard that can take help us return to our glorious past that the likes of Pa Anthony Enahoro, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Herbert Macaulay and a host of others helped to build in their time,” he said.
He said the 2015 elections was a period that gave Nigeria the opportunity to reclaim its waning glory as the giant of Africa, as he urged all Nigerians irrespective of party affiliation, religious belief or ethnic leaning to join hands with the government of the day to salvage the nation.
Rebuild the nation’s foundation
He also called on Nigerians to support the ongoing efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to rebuild the nation’s foundation, saying such efforts could not be left to the government alone.
He expressed optimism that the Nigerian government would succeed in its quest to reduce the rate of poverty, fight corruption, change the economic fortunes and stem the tide of insecurity in the country especially in the North Eastern Nigeria.