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Nigeria at 60: Gbajabiamila optimistic of better days ahead

The Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, mentioned Nigeria has come a good distance and has surmounted many challenges prior to now 60 years, noting that “issues are going to get higher.”

In a goodwill message to mark Nigeria’s sixtieth Independence Anniversary, the Speaker eulogised and paid glowing tributes to Nigeria’s heroes, who made sacrifices for the nation to turn into what it’s immediately.

Amidst myriad of challenges, Gbajabiamila mentioned, Nigerians are those that can save the nation and assist her to achieve lofty heights.

“All of us love our nation Nigeria. But the reality is that our nation has not at all times lived as much as our expectations, and typically, it’s laborious to not be overcome by despair in regards to the truth of the place we’re and the perils on the horizon. I would like you to know that issues are going to get higher.

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“I maintain in my coronary heart the abiding reality that there’s nothing improper with our nation that can not be fastened by what is correct about our nation – and there’s nothing extra righteous about Nigeria than its folks.

“We’re those who will save ourselves to achieve the lofty heights of our nationwide anthem and make for our kids a nation the place peace and justice reign.”

Saying that the tribulations confronted prior to now may have been sufficient to finish the Nigerian mission, Gbajabiamila mentioned “But, right here we’re, nonetheless striving with dedication and keenness, to satisfy and exceed the lofty guarantees of our nationhood.

“At present, on our nation’s sixtieth Independence Anniversary, that is what we have fun – our indomitable spirit, our collective dedication to triumph in opposition to all the percentages.

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“We additionally have fun our nation’s heroes; residents of each tongue, tribe, and creed, who’ve stepped as much as serve their communities, to assist our nation be higher, to guard our land and preserve us secure.

“We keep in mind the women and men of our nation’s armed forces who’re engaged within the varied theatres of battle, defending our territory, and defending our lifestyle. We keep in mind their households at house. And we are saying thanks from the underside of our hearts.

“We keep in mind the soldiers who’ve given their lives in service of the homeland – troopers, docs, and nurses – heroes all. From the taking place of the solar and within the morning, we’ll keep in mind them and their sacrifice, and honour their reminiscence to the tip of all eternity.

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“We have fun additionally, the bizarre heroes of our lives – dad and mom who every day make huge sacrifices to provide their youngsters a greater life than they’ve had; public servants who do their obligation with dedication and integrity; younger people who find themselves working laborious to make our nation higher, utilizing know-how to design options that enhance our lives by fixing issues of well being care entry and monetary inclusion, public infrastructure and entry to high quality schooling,” he mentioned.

The Speaker mentioned Nigeria is on a ahead march to greatness and wouldn’t flip again, regardless of the obstacles encountered.

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