Some chairmen of local government councils in Lagos State say Nigeria remains a great country and will surmount its various challenges.
They said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos, as Nigerians celebrate the country’s 62nd independence anniversary.
Dr Ahmed Apatira, the Executive Chairman Itire-Ikate LCDA, said that Nigerians’ resilience, resourcefulness and determination to succeed in all spheres of human endeavour is widely recognised and acknowledged across the world.
“It may seem as if we are passing through insurmountable challenges, but I am very aware of the ‘can do Nigerian spirit’, which will help us surmount our present challenges.
“Reflecting on our journey in the last 62 years as a nation, there is every reason to give thanks to the Almighty God who has kept us together in spite of our challenges.
“No doubt, we are a blessed nation with great potential to rank among the most prosperous countries in the world,” he said.
Apatira, therefore, called for oneness and tolerance among Nigerians, adding that the country would emerge stronger than its challenges when everyone sees ensuring peace as a collective effort.
He said a diligent and united front was necessary to aggregate the people’s collective strength to survive the trying times.
Mrs Idowu Senbanjo, the Executive Chairman, Apapa Local Government Area, also felicitated all Nigerian citizens on the 62nd independence anniversary.
“I urge Nigerians to keep hope alive and believe that definitely there is going to be light at the end of the tunnel for the country.
“However, everyone must put all hands on deck by doing the right things, always,” she said.
Mr Emmanuel Bamgboye, the Executive Chairman, Mushin Local Government Area, said in his message that the unity in the country as well as diversity and interrelated dependence on one another, particularly, in socio-cultural, economic and political activities had been helpful for national development.
“May God Almighty continue to strengthen us in peace, love and unity. May his goodness and mercy continue to abide with us and grant us a successful transition, as we prepare for the 2023 general elections,” he prayed.
Also, Moyosore Ogunlewe, the Executive Chairman, Kosofe Local Government, said Nigerians continued to celebrate, with pride, the 62nd anniversary of the country’s sovereignty, even in different challenges.
“In the midst of our struggles, we have experienced tremendous success in economic and political stability, agriculture, health and social services, demonstrating an indomitable zeal and a compelling desire to excel against the odds,” he said.