Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has urged Nigerians to be optimistic about the future of Nigeria in spite of the challenges currently being faced.
Jonathan stated this in his goodwill message issued in Abuja on Thursday to Nigerians on the occasion of the country’s 61st independence anniversary.
The former president said that the country held abundant promises for the citizens, insisting that Nigeria has what it takes to overcome today’s threats and trials.
He encouraged the leaders and the citizens to rededicate themselves to the virtues of justice, equity, tolerance and strive to offer their best for the good of the nation.
Jonathan said, “I join all citizens to celebrate the 61st Independence Anniversary of our great nation, Nigeria.
“As we mark this day of freedom, it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our progress, celebrate our humble attainments and ponder over those dreams that are yet to be fulfilled.
“We may have hiccups along the way and challenging times that might be stretching our resolve and determination to forge ahead. But we shouldn’t relent nor succumb to fear, discouraging trials and threats of today.
“We will never lose hope in our country and in our indomitable spirit and capacity to overcome difficult times, seize the moment and conquer.”
The former president said that the uncertainties of this time could not be compared to the limitless promises in the country.
“As we celebrate, let us aggregate the successes, challenges and lessons of the last six decades and apply them towards a more prosperous future for us and upcoming generations.
“Ours is a country blessed with numerous opportunities and prospects as well as great citizens, engaging diversity and versatility,” he said.
“Let us remain optimistic, for the challenges of this time will rebound to a glorious fortune for us and generations yet to come.”
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