As Nigeria marks the 56th Independence Anniversary of her nationhood, the citizens have been implored to remain united and focused in the collective task of nation building.
This was the position of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode at a parade to mark the independence celebration.
Governor Ambode maintained that resilience, resourcefulness and determination remained the antidote for the present economic realities confronting the nation.
“The government and people of Lagos State are delighted to join fellow compatriots across the nation in celebrating our nation’s 56th independence anniversary today; reflecting on our journey in the last 56 years as a nation, there is every reason to give thanks and praises to the Almighty God who, in His infinite mercy, has kept us together in-spite of our challenges, no doubt, we are a blessed nation with great potentials to rank among the most prosperous countries in the world; our resilience, resourcefulness and determination to succeed in all spheres of human endeavour is widely recognized and acknowledged across the world.”
I wish to use this opportunity to make a passionate appeal, more than ever before, that we must renew our belief in the Nigerian Project and play our parts diligently, at this trying and challenging time, we must aggregate our strength and be united in focus to rescue our economy from the stranglehold of recession,” the governor stressed.
The Governor also advised citizens not to despair but to remain patriotic and zealous in providing the needed support for the leadership at all levels of government.
He then enjoined the people to remain steadfast and hope for a better tomorrow.
“We all need one another to survive as no part of Nigeria can do it all alone and still wield or command the kind of influence that Nigeria currently enjoys in the comity of Nations; may the labour of our heroes past never be in vain,” he added.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa in an interview said that the people should continue to show faith in the President Muhammadu Buhari led government, saying that the administration would surely justify the mandate given to it.