INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY: Edo Residents Call For Celebration, Obedience To Laws, Morals.
By Innocent Okoh
1 October, 2021.
Despite some Nigerians Politician have said there is nothing to celebrate in this year’s 61 independence anniversary, a cross section of residents in Benin city, the capital of Edo state, have called for celebration as they wish wish Happy Independent celebration to all Nigerians, as they say the future of Nigerians is bright.
The respondents who spoke to our correspondent via phone, urged citizens to continue to do their best preserving values and good morals in the society.
Among the respondents is the proprietor of Right Foundation of Life International School, Mr. Peters Austin, a Community leader, HRH Victor Iyawe, a hotelier, Benvic, and others who wouldn’t want their names to be mentioned on print, they all expressed hope despite the increasing rate of insecurity, banditry, corruption and austerity in the country.
According to Mr. Peters, “Nigerians should celebrate and continue to do their best in showing those things that will bring values and good morals in our society, the pupils and students should continue to work hard and remain discipline in order to become better people in our society.”
He added, “Nigeria holds every good thing for our children despite the hardship, insecurity and corruption, all we need to do is to maintain our positive attitude towards the improvement and development of our country, we should respect the laws of our land so that Nigeria can become great.” He said.
HRH Iyawe, on his part, is happy for the independence anniversary, as he said the family should be the first point of celebration, adding that the major reason for the celebration is life.
According to him, “We thank God for the independence and that we are alive with our family. So we are celebrating with our individual families, no matter the level of hardship, insecurity and corruption, we should celebrate because it’s once every year.
He further urged Nigerians to celebrate no matter how little or much, “celebrate with whatever you have. Independence is a good day, we need to be happy because we are alive and healthy to see it and we need to thank God for it.”
In the 61st Independence Day Broadcast address by President Muhammadu, in the early morning of Friday, 1ST OCTOBER, 2021.
He told Citizens of Nigeria that it is with full gratitude to God that the government and people celebrate Nigeria’s sixty first Independence Anniversary. He went further to explain the danger and devastating effects of the covid-19 pandemic, he further highlighted the preventive measures and successes achieved by his administration and other states government in the fight against the dreaded disease.
According to Buhari, “Fellow Nigerians, the past eighteen months have been some of the most difficult periods in the history of Nigeria. Since the civil war, I doubt whether we have seen a period of more heightened challenges than what we have witnessed in this period.”
“Our original priorities for 2020 were to continue stabilising our economy following the deep recession while restoring peace in areas confronted with security challenges. But the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on all nations meant we needed to shift gears and re-strategise.”
He added, “Nigerians came together as one to fight against COVID-19. It is this attitude and by the special grace of God, we continue to survive the pandemic as a nation and indeed, provide leadership and example at regional and international levels.”
“The doomsday scenario predicted for our country never came. Even as the Delta variant continues to spread, we have built the capacity we need to respond now and into the future.
“I will therefore appeal to Nigerians not to take COVID lightly, adhere to public health and social measures, put your mask on and get vaccinated. We can control this pandemic, but it requires effort on everybody’s part. The investments we made in response to COVID-19 will also serve our country to tackle any future disease outbreaks or pandemics.” He said.