Ewuare II, Oba of Benin, has congratulated Nigerians on their 62nd anniversary of independence, noting that it is commendable that the country remains an indivisible entity despite the challenges it faces.
The monarch’s Chief Press Secretary, Iguobaro Osaigbovo, said in a press statement on Sunday that while the celebration may not offer much pageantry to some citizens, the fact that the nation has remained as one indivisible sovereignty despite daunting challenges is a compliment.
“The resilience of some Nigerians that made the nation proud, and those who paid the supreme sacrifice for Nigeria’s survival since independence from Britain, deserves a mention,” the statement continued.
“Regardless of economic hardship, insecurity, conflicts, and agitations, Nigeria will overcome her current trials and emerge victorious through prayers and hard work when we unite as one nation bound in freedom.”
“Leaders should provide leadership that oscillates a high sense of responsibility and patriotism among citizens in order for the nation to truly achieve its status as the African giant, both in practice and in principle.”
“The Federal Government and ASUU must find amicable solutions to end the industrial action in public universities while the academic calendar is disrupted.”
“Nigerians must continue to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in order for credible, free, and fair elections to be held in 2023.”
“Politicians, government actors, and other stakeholders must follow the rules.” To deepen our democratic values, eligible voters should avoid vote buying.
“Nigerians must unite against our common enemies who have stifled the nation’s progress by condemning evil, poverty, unemployment, corruption, crime, insurgency, and economic sabotage, particularly oil theft and double standards in the application of the law of the land.”