Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has thanked Lagosians for their support and for keeping faith with his programmes and policies as well as in the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the last three years of his administration.
In a message to commemorate the 58th Independence Day celebration on Monday in Lagos, Ambode also called on all Nigerians to vote in the coming general elections based on “what is ideal for the collective good of the nation”.
The message was read by the Lagos Head of Service, Mrs Folasade Adesoye, on behalf of the governor at the Police College Parade Ground, G. R. A, IKEJA, Lagos.
Ambode implored fellow Nigerians, especially the youths, to take up the challenge of making “Nigeria great again”, and look beyond the slogan “if you can’t beat them, you join them.”
He urged the youths to always stand up for what is right, fair and just and “should not be instruments in the hands of “mischievous politicians to cause havoc in the society during elections”.
The governor further urged Nigerians to use their votes to put “those who have what it takes to move the nation forward on the path of sustainable growth and development”.
He said Lagos State would continue to be a shining example in progressive and inclusive governance and that citizens must continue to work hard to sustain the mutual trust and confidence between the government and the people.
While appreciating and honouring our past heroes who laboured hard with their sweat, blood, sacrifices and intellectual engagements, to attain independence for Nigeria, Ambode said the fact that we “are still standing as a nation in the face of challenges is a testament to our resilience”.
The governor encouraged Nigerians to forge ahead in the task of nation-building, renew faith and continue to believe in the nation as “this is our place of comfort, our home and motherland”.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, whose ministry coordinated the State’s Independence Anniversary, said the 58th Independence Anniversary in Lagos was unique as it incorporated novel ideas such as participation of private schools students in the March Past and exhibition of stands and live-band shows.
The commissioner said it was part of Gov. Ambode ‘s policy of continuous deepening of inclusive governance.
Others present at the events were the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Edgar Imohimi, the body of permanent secretaries, white cap chiefs (including Chief Lateef Ajose and Chief Adesoji Ajayi-Bembe representative of Oba of Lagos) and other dignitaries.
Among agencies that also participated in the parade were the Nigerian Police, Civil Defence, the Nigerian Legion, Fire Service, MAN-O-War, LASTMA, LAWMA, VIS, LAGESC, Boys Scout, Girl Brigade, public and private secondary schools and others.
By our correspondent