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 Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo says Nigeria s 62nd Independence Anniversary should be used for sober reflection on the nation s journey so far Uzodimma who stated this in his remarks at the anniversary celebration in Owerri on Saturday said Nigeria had made some progress in the task of nation building but had equally recorded some failures It is an opportunity for all of us both the leaders and the followers to do a soul search on the roles we have played individually and collectively to bring Nigeria to where she stands today We should all ask ourselves this pertinent question Are we doing our bit to ensure that we fulfil the dreams of our forbearers and meet our expectations as a nation he said The governor admitted that many opportunities to make Nigeria great and to make all Nigerians see themselves as true citizens in a country where equity and justice prevailed were underutilised He said the country had also missed the opportunity to build a resilient economy that guaranteed good quality of life for everyone It is a fact that we still struggle to guarantee the safety and security of all citizens in different parts of the country Yet in spite of all these shortcomings the way forward is not to dwell on our failures instead we should make conscious effort to celebrate and be proud of our successes he emphasised He said the nation must resolve to forge ahead be more united and less distracted by the things that divided her citizens Uzodimma stressed the need to turn the different ethnic nationalities that made up the new nation into one big united country To succeed a nation needs trust love and the fervent patriotic commitment of her citizens I therefore see the occasion of this 62nd Independence Day celebration as an opportunity for us to re dedicate ourselves to promoting and defending our common interests over and above self interests he said He urged Nigerians to shun avarice greed and ethnic irredentism in a bid to build a nation that guaranteed equal opportunities for all The governor expressed confidence that Nigeria still held strong promise and could still become that great nation that Nigerians would all be proud of If we all resolve today to be patriotic to love one another to love our country and to do only those things that promote the unity and development of Nigeria even the sky will not be able to limit how high we will soar Yes our destiny is in our hands that is the hands of both the leaders and the followers he added The governor stressed the need for the nation s present leaders to demonstrate an unflinching sense of patriotism and nationalism He said rather than strive to do those things that united us some leaders now preferred to widen our fault lines and had ended up dividing the country even further Such leaders must rethink their mission in politics and decide whether they want to serve our nation their tribe or their religion Instead of embracing the ideals that brought us together we have increasingly become more individualistic and are now guilty of fanning the embers of divisiveness ethnic irredentism and religious sentiments he noted He said the 62nd independence anniversary should serve as a wake up call to all political and religious leaders to fashion out ways of promoting unity We should eschew politics of hatred and divisiveness We should stop engaging in such acts that question our loyalty to this great nation Such activities include sponsoring insecurity and promoting separatism he stressed Uzodimma who promised to remain sensitive and responsive to the needs of all in Imo also solicited their support to enable his administration succeed Highlight of the celebration was cutting of the anniversary cake release of pigeons and match past by various groups and the Nigerian Armed Forces NewsSourceCredit NAN
Independence anniversary calls for sober reflection, says Uzodimma

Hope Uzodimma

Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo says Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary should be used for sober reflection on the nation’s journey so far.

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Uzodimma, who stated this in his remarks at the anniversary celebration in Owerri on Saturday, said Nigeria had made some progress in the task of nation building but had equally recorded some failures.

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“It is an opportunity for all of us – both the leaders and the followers – to do a soul search on the roles we have played individually and collectively to bring Nigeria to where she stands today.

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“We should all ask ourselves this pertinent question: Are we doing our bit to ensure that we fulfil the dreams of our forbearers and meet our expectations as a nation?

” he said.

The governor admitted that many opportunities to make Nigeria great and to make all Nigerians see themselves as true citizens in a country where equity and justice prevailed ,  were underutilised.

He said the country had also missed the opportunity to build a resilient economy that guaranteed good quality of life for everyone.

“It is a fact that we still struggle to guarantee the safety and security of all citizens in different parts of the country.

“Yet, in spite of all these shortcomings, the way forward is not to dwell on our failures; instead, we should make conscious effort to celebrate and be proud of our successes,” he emphasised.

He said the nation must resolve to forge ahead, be more united and less distracted by the things that divided her citizens.

Uzodimma stressed the need to turn the different ethnic nationalities that made up the new nation into one, big united country.

“To succeed, a nation needs trust, love and the fervent patriotic commitment of her citizens.

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“I,  therefore, see the occasion of this 62nd Independence Day celebration as an opportunity for us to re-dedicate ourselves to promoting and defending our common interests over and above self-interests,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to shun avarice, greed and ethnic irredentism in a bid to build a nation that guaranteed equal opportunities for all.

The governor expressed confidence that Nigeria still held strong promise and could  still become that great nation that Nigerians would  all be proud of.

“If we all resolve today to be patriotic, to love one another, to love our country and to do only those things that promote the unity and development of Nigeria, even the sky will not be able to limit how high we will soar.

“Yes, our destiny is in our hands, that is, the hands of both the leaders and the followers,” he added.

The governor stressed the need for the nation’s present leaders to demonstrate an unflinching sense of patriotism and nationalism.

He said rather than strive to do those things that united us, some leaders now preferred to widen our fault lines and had ended up dividing the country even further.

“Such leaders must rethink their mission in politics and decide whether they want to serve our nation, their tribe or their religion.

“Instead of embracing the ideals that brought us together, we have increasingly become more individualistic, and are now guilty of fanning the embers of divisiveness, ethnic irredentism and religious sentiments,” he noted.

He said the 62nd independence anniversary should serve as a wake – up call to all political and religious leaders to fashion out ways of promoting unity.

“We should eschew politics of hatred and divisiveness.

“We should stop engaging in such acts that question our loyalty to this great nation.

“Such activities include sponsoring insecurity and promoting separatism,” he stressed.

Uzodimma, who promised to remain sensitive and responsive to the needs of all in Imo, also solicited their support to enable his administration succeed.

Nigerian Armed Forces

Highlight of the celebration was cutting of the anniversary cake, release of pigeons and match past by various groups and the Nigerian Armed Forces.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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