Governors preach love, peace at independence
Governors across the country yesterday felicitated with the citizenry on the nation’s 57 independence anniversary with messages urging unity, peaceful co-existence, hope, patience, religious tolerance and love.
Obaseki urges peaceful co-existence
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki congratulated the citizenry with a call on them to co-exist peacefully.
Obaseki said the joy of being independent people cannot be qualified as it brings limitless freedom and a high sense of self-worth.
He urged Edo people and Nigerians in general to remain broad-minded, accommodating and living with one another peacefully, irrespective of their diversity.
Ambode: we must remain united
In his message, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode emphasised the need for Nigeria to remain united, saying there was more to gain in being together as one nation than dissolving as different independent entities.
He spoke yesterday at a special thanksgiving service to commemorate the anniversary at Lagos House Chapel in Alausa, Ikeja.
The governor said it was important for Nigerians to realise the fact that the country’s diversity is a strength in itself, which makes the country a truly special place.
He said a moment of reflection and retrospection would reveal the need for Nigerians to be thankful to God for His grace, blessings and mercy over the country.
Ambode said: “That we still have a country we can call Nigeria today is a proof of the divine hands of God in our being together as one.
“We must, therefore, reflect on our journey so far and come to the inevitable realisation that we have much more to gain as one nation than as different independent entities.
Ahmed: Nigeria is poised for greatness
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed called on Nigerians to work for and believe in Nigeria’s unity and peaceful coexistence as means for attaining and sustaining growth.
The governor, who congratulated Nigerians, said with the efforts of the Federal Government at economic recovery, the nation is poised for greatness.
We must protect our unity, says Amosun
Ogun Governor Ibikunle Amosun declared that Nigeria still has a “huge potential to flourish and be great again”.
But, he called for eternal vigilance to safeguard the country from “ethnic jingoists and religious fundamentalists” working to dismember it.
Amosun said the continued unity of Nigeria is germane to the realisation of its full strength and called on well-meaning Nigerians to lend their “voices and ideas to the cause of Nigeria’s unity by drowning out the voices of the few divisive elements whose stock-in-trade is belligerent posturing.”
Ayade preaches hope, patience
Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade enjoined Cross Riverians and Nigerians to be patient and hopeful. According to Ayade, the country would surely surmount its challenges.
The governor noted that despite the myriads of challenges that have confronted Nigeria in recent times, the country has, however, made some giant strides in its march towards greatness.
Ayade said with the kind of leadership, as presently headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the country would definitely bounce back to reclaim its status as a true giant of Africa.
The governor used the occasion to reiterate the commitment of his administration to deliver on all his campaign promises to the people.
Let’s appreciate our diversities, says Bello
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said after 57 years of being independent, the nation needs to start appreciating its diversities and work towards one united entity.
He stated this in a state broadcast to mark the anniversary in Minna.
According to the governor, he said the time has come to fire up the spirit of patriotism that propelled the founding fathers in their quest to build a united, indivisible and prosperous nation.
Ganduje cautions against hate speech
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, during activities to mark event at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano yesterday, cautioned against hate speeches. He insisted that the unity of the country is sacrosanct.
He condemned violent agitations and hate speeches, masterminded by some few disgruntled elements for selfish reasons, which results in unnecessary carnage, coupled with loss of lives.
The governor, therefore, cautioned against such unpatriotic conduct and reminded Nigerians to remember the immense sacrifices made by the country’s founding fore-fathers to ensure Nigeria’s stability and unity.
Kogi governor to youth: demonstrate competence
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello called on the youth to take the gauntlet by proving that they are capable in the different leadership roles that might be entrusted upon them.
The governor, during a statewide address to mark the anniversary yesterday, urged Nigerians to continue to focus on those things that unite them and to shun tribalism or ethnicity.
He enjoined Kogi workers to partner with the administration and be ready to make sacrifices for the greater good of the state.
Nigerians have every reason to celebrate, says Wike
To Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, after 57 years, “Nigerians have every reason to celebrate this day because independence was the culmination of the dreams and struggles of our founding fathers for us to forever be in complete control of our affairs as a free, unfettered people”.
Wike said: “These are extraordinary times for our country made worse by our failure to successfully redefine and restructure the country towards a progressive path since independence. We know that the ashes from the old fires that threatened the stability of our country continue to smoulder unabated.
“We must, therefore, all unite behind the national flag by setting aside the narrative of division, violence and hate and replace them with the narrative of peace and unity as aptly captured by our founding fathers on our coat of arms, be proud of our diversity and build a fairer and just nation for the present and future generations.”
Akeredolu seeks prosperous nation
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) stressed the need for the people to cast aside divisive tendencies with the sole aim of building a nation with shared destiny.
Akeredolu spoke during a special thanksgiving service organised by the state Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) to mark the anniversary at the Saint David’s Anglican Church, Ijomu, Akure.
He asked Nigerians to shun pervasive sentiment to enable the country to achieve its desirous meaningful growth.
Ugwuanyi promises more projects
Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi reassured his people of a visible increase in essential infrastructure across the state “now that the rain is fast receding”.
He said more contractors would return to old sites and work would commence on new sites.
Ugwuanyi spoke at the holy mass/march past held at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu to commemorate the independence anniversary celebration.
Nigeria’ll implode without restructuring, says Dickson
Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson yesterday warned that without restructuring, agitations against injustices and imbalances were capable of driving the country to the point of implosion.
Dickson, therefore, described persons and groups calling for the change in the present structure of the country as the true patriots.
The governor insisted that without sitting down to re-examine the present structure, the country would continue to deal with eruptions of agitations from different ethnic nationalities.
Dickson spoke after a special prayer and thanksgiving to mark the independence anniversary and 21st birthday of Bayelsa at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa.