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General News of Thursday, 30 September 2021


Nigeria at 61: 'Be courageous, resilient to face our problems' - Sanwo-Olu tells Nigerians

Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised citizens to gather courage, energy and political will to face problems confronting the country head-on.

He said this ahead of Nigeria's 61st Independence anniversary on October 1, 2021.

According to him, critical stakeholders must learn from the experience of other countries to guide the present and create a future that is even better than what Nigerians envisaged.

“Nigeria is celebrating her 61st anniversary as an independent country. It’s another opportunity to reflect on our past, our present and our future. A complex and complicated past, like many other countries; a challenging present, again like many others and a future that we all look forward to with hope and optimism.

“Most countries of the world face deep-seated questions about ethnic, racial and religious diversity, and that Nigeria’s seemingly intractable past and present challenges are not unique to us. What is important is that we must constantly summon the energy and political will to face our problems head-on and address them squarely.

“We cannot continue to throw our hands up in despair or retreat into the tempting ghettoes of sectionalism and ethnic and religious bigotry.

“We must learn from the past of others to guide our present and create a future that is even better than what we envisaged. That is yet another important link between past, present and future; the ability to assess deeply, learn, and adapt in light of that learning,” he said.

He also added that “Without the past, there would be nothing to build on. When we are done with our own service, we will hand over the baton to the next set of leaders, to continue from where we stopped.”

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